Kansas City, MO – On Thursday, August 17, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon held public hearings on the future of the Black Archives of Mid America. The organization was founded in 1974 by Horace Peterson, who eventually collected some 40,000 artifacts and documents. But Peterson died in 1992, and recently, the Black Archives has failed to meet the requirements for its non-profit status. Last week, we heard part of an interview from the 1980s with Horace Peterson, and from the attorney general's office. KCUR's Maria Carter attended Thursday's hearing at the Gem Theater, and brought back these excerpts.