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''Aunt Maria'' Moore Is Dead
December 1, 2003
A reprint from "The Times", Pleasant Hill, Mo., May 8, 1936. Maria Moore came to Jackson County, Missouri as one of the slaves of Jabez Smith. She was later sold to Tom Thomas of Pleasant Hill and spent...
''Life Is Uncertain...'' Willard Hall Mendenhall's 1862 Civil War Diary
July 1, 1984
Willard Hall Mendenhall began his diary on January 1, 1862 and maintained it into 1864 writing over 780 entries in four diaries. He lived a short distance from Lexington, Missouri in Layafette County....
'An Altar, a Tribute to Liberty'
September 13, 2008
Dedication of a newly constructed overlook of the Quindaro ruins in Wyandotte County took place September 13, 2008. "In the mid-1800s, the Quindaro Ruins site was an abolitionist community in Kansas that...
'Freedom Mall' Envisioned
June 7, 2010
Ed Hogan, Kansas City artist, has created four statues that "tell the stories of many slaves who once sought freedom across the Missouri River." The statues are part of the Kansas City River Trails Inc....
150 Facts About Kansas City
List of 150 facts prepared for the sesquicentennial of Kansas City in 2000.
A Church for the Ages
September 9, 2013
October 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the Second Baptist Church, "believed to be one of the two oldest black churches in Kansas City." The congregation was first established in 1863 by slaves and...
A Man of Many Interests: Alvan Brooking a Respected Citizen
First of a two-part biographical article about early Jackson County Judge Alvin Brooking (1796-1857), the namesake of Brooking Township in Jackson County arriving in Missouri from Kentucky in 1838 and...
A Proud People
October 9, 2009
The first in a series of articles on the history of Quindaro discusses the founding of the community as a refuge for escaped slaves. The first families to arrive, Monroes, Turners, Walkers, Marshalls,...
A Retired Methodist Minister with Two Score Slaves Transformed into a Plantation 365 Acres North of of Thirty-First Street at Troost, Which He Found a Wilderness
February 21, 1926
Illustrated map and biographical article about Reverend James Porter (1786-1851), a pioneer Methodist minister arriving in Jackson County from Tennessee with his mother in 1829 before settling in Kansas...
A Sorry Free State
Article describes the past and present of the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas. Quindaro was an anti-slavery town before and during the Civil War, and a crossing place on the Missouri River for runaway...
A Visit To The Poor Farm: How Jackson County Cares For Her Helpless Wards
July 29, 1890
The subheading reads: "A Description of the Building and Something of the Inmates--The County Judges Contemplate Further Improvements--Two Jay Goulds Happy With Their Imaginary Riches--Some Pathetic Cases...
Abiel Leonard and Odon Guitar Papers Finding Aid
1809-1959 (bulk 1850-1890)
Abiel Leonard (1797-1863) was a schoolteacher, lawyer, landowner, and politician who lived in Missouri during the early years of statehood. He served in the Missouri state legislature in 1834 and was appointed...
Section about the abolitionist movement in Missouri and Kansas, especially the so-called "Underground Railroad," a system for secretly transporting slaves to freedom, starting in the 1840s and featuring...
Address to Pro-Slavery Convention of Missouri
Appendix I of the book contains "Address to the People of the United States", delivered by Wiliam B. Napton in Lexington, Missouri, July 13, 1855 to the Pro-Slavery Convention of Missouri. Talks about...
Aunt Clara Brown: A Black Woman Pioneer
Biographical article about Clara Brown (1800-1885), a black slave born in Virginia, moved to Kentucky in 1818, freed in 1857 and moving to Saint Louis and then to Leavenworth, Kansas, and Colorado. Article...
Before Bleeding Kansas: Christian Missionaries, Slavery, and the Shawnee Indians in Pre-Territorial Kansas, 1844-1854
Photos, illustrations, and comprehensive article about the early history of pre-territorial Kansas from 1844 to 1854. Discussion on several topics such as Christian Indian missions and missionaries, the...
Biography of Corrvine Patterson (1848-?), Businessman and Politician
Biography of Hiram Young (1812-1882), Wagonmaker and Businessman
Biography of Horace M. Peterson III (1945-1992), Historian and Archivist
Biography of James H. McGee (1786-1840), Early Settler
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