Dry goods, exodusters, Glam Room salon, River Market
George M. Shelley came to Kansas City from Kentucky in 1868 and, walking in his father’s footsteps, quickly became known as “the merchant of Delaware Street.” Ten years after his arrival, in 1878, the 29-year-old man became mayor of Kansas City and served two terms. He also served as postmaster and police commissioner. He helped in the Exoduster movement of freed slaves into Kansas, just post Civil War. The site of his old dry goods shop now houses The Glam Room, a River Market salon.