2108 S. Horton
Fort Scott Kansas 66701United States
Though somewhat a work-in-progress, the Gordon Parks Center does a good job of introducing visitors to the noted Life photographer.
The noted African-American photographer, musician and film director Gordon Parks is one of Fort Scott's most celebrated citizens. As of our visit in 2010, this museum dedicated to his life and work was still a work-in-progress, with a $700,000 capital campaign underway to complete the project. But even without all the pieces in place, it's still a worthwhile stop.The exhibit, which is located at Fort Scott Community College, currently houses Parks' desk from his New York office, the final manuscript of his highly regarded movie "The Learning Tree," musical compositions by this artist who couldn't read music, and plenty of information and images about his life. (Parks is perhaps best known for his photos published in "Life" magazine, and for directing the movie "Shaft.") The artist and other family members have donated most items, which include his collection of "Life" magazines, and some of his camera equipment. Plans include a replica of his office and a number of interactive exhibits.