Calvin Riley


Calvin Riley is an educator, and he and his wife Calra Riley are lifelong collectors of Black memorabilia dating back 250 years. Their 40-year collection was used to open the George B. Vashon Museum of African American History, telling the stories and events of their experience in the United States of how African Americans progressed. The world must not be allowed to forget the injustices done to the Black race.


This Valentine's Day, the Missouri History Museum opens its doors to Calvin Riley, a renowned St. Louis historian, who will be discussing his latest masterpiece, 'Black St. Louis.' The illustrated book is a testament to the city's 260 years of

In 2006, Calvin Riley was left with a decision whether to sell thousands of artifacts or to start a museum. "They said you can think about the history or you can think about the money," Riley said. But they weren't just any

Calvin Riley is visiting the Missouri History Musuem Tuesday to take you through the colorful and history-filled pages of his illustrated book, Black St. Louis.