Date(s) - 04/20/2018 - 04/21/2018
The symposium “Strength through Numbers” will contribute to the process of designating the ruins of the Quindaro townsite as a National Historic Landmark. 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. The symposium sessions, on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, will bring scholarship about the historical significance of the Quindaro community to a broader public audience, and facilitate discussions about the future of the historic site.
The symposium is cosponsored by a number of UMKC partners, including the Black Studies Program, the Department of History, and the Center for Midwestern Studies. Admission to the symposium sessions is free. To view a schedule of the sessions, or to register, please visit the Quindaro Symposium’s event page on the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area website.