Quintard Taylor, Quindaro: The Coming of Freedom in the Decade of Civil War

Date(s) - 04/19/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kansas City Public Library - Central Branch


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.

quintard_taylorThe 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.