Date(s) - 04/19/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The symposium “Strength through Numbers” will begin with a keynote address by University of Washington historian Quintard Taylor. Quindaro, Kansas was a port town founded in 1857 as a safe harbor for free-state migrants and escaped slaves, after pro-slavery residents blockaded all other ports on the Missouri River. The community was home to Native Americans, whites, and free blacks, and became a vital stop on the Underground Railroad. Dr. Quintard Taylor, a specialist in African American history in the American West, will deliver a lecture about this community entitled “Quindaro: The Coming of Freedom in the Decade of Civil War.” Dr. Taylor’s talk will explore the history of the Kansas-Missouri border region from 1855-1865 – the forces and events that led to vicious fighting along the Kansas-Missouri border, brought about the establishment of the town of Quindaro, and ultimately resulted in the end of slavery in the United States.
The Quindaro symposium’s keynote address is cosponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, the Missouri Humanities Council, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Center for Midwestern Studies. This event is free but registration through the Kansas City Public Library is required.