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Kim Hamilton (Sept. 12, 1932 – Sept. 16, 2013) was an African American actress who appeared onstage, in films and on television and was the wife of the late actor Werner Klemperer — Col. Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes” — at a time when mixed marriages were uncommon even in Hollywood. Hamilton portrayed Helen Robinson in 1962s To Kill a Mockingbird. Her long career on TV began as Andys girlfriend on Amos n Andy. She had roles on The Twilight Zone, Days of Our Lives, All in the Family & many more.

Grace Bumbry, an opera singer from St. Louis, is considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation. She debuted in London in 1959, and with the Paris Opera the following year. In 1961, she was featured in Bayreuth, Germany’s Wagner Festival. The first African American to sing there, Bumbry was an international sensation and won the Wagner Medal. She is credited for paving the way for future African American opera and classical singers. Missouri History Museum