Pierce Addition

Originally located outside the city limits of Topeka, Pierce Addition was located between 21st and 25th streets and from Monroe to Adams. According to an article by Sherman Smith, who interviewed Lester Lewis, Betty Coleman Moore, Judy Jackson and Irma Scroggins. Pierce Addition’s history goes back to the 1880s. It was named after a Gen. H.A. Pierce, a real estate developer. The area was inhabited predominately by African Americans by the 1920s.