Opportunity 1888 is a private foundation started by descendants of Harrison School alumni. Opportunity 1888 is incorporated as a Missouri Nonprofit Corporation and has been designated as a Federal 501(c)(3) corporation. Our mission is to inspire and empower people to value and preserve their historical journey.
• To preserve the physical asset of the Harrison School, which was built in 1890 for the primary education of children of African descent.
• To preserve the history, landmarks, and presence of the Central Missouri African American community.
• To serve as an educational, cultural, and civic resource to promote Tipton’s African American history, implications, and connections to the larger society.
• To provide a means to engage in authentic communication of a largely unrecognized shared history.
• To impart the understanding that people born in bondage, held as property, and emancipated could then study, earn degrees and become world leaders.
• To provide a space where individuals, teams, and organizations can address self-imposed barriers.
• To promote a more inclusive society.
Services we provide to persons, groups and academic institutions:
• Developing and presenting in-person educational forums in the field of African American history.
• Providing African American historical materials and consultation services.
• Conducting guided tours of The James Shipley Museum of African American History.
• Making local historic and genealogy research materials available.
• Furnishing virtual museum services via the Internet.
• Advancing the preservation of African American history and genealogical research.