McCallop family shares stories of Black experience in Johnson County

McCallop family

The R.L. McCallop Bus Company operated for 39 years in Johnson County. Pictured from left are: S.H. Thompson, supervisor of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools; Robert Lee McCallop, Sr., bus company owner; William Jesse McCallop, driver; Mrs. Charlene McCallop (Charles’ wife), driver; Robert Lee McCallop, Jr., driver; Alexander Harrison McCallop, driver; and Charles Eugene McCallop, driver. Photo courtesy Johnson County Museum.

From slavery to school buses to scholarships, the McCallop family has played an integral role in the history of Shawnee and Johnson County.

In fact, five generations of McCallops have continued the legacy of fighting for freedom, equality and access to education for Black residents here. Members of the McCallop family shared that story in a virtual conversation with the Shawnee community Tuesday night.