Tuesday, May 5, 2015


In our city of Kansas City, Kansas lies a vital part of history during the civil war.  Quindaro was developed right after the Kansas-Nebraska to create a free port for entry into Kansas for the slaves.
The Wyandot Indians were natives to this area and they purchased the land from Delaware.

The Wyandot Indians later disbanded and the Indians were given the option to stay and become United States Citizens.  One of the famous tribe members was Nancy QUINDARO Brown Guthrie.
The town was named after her.

Because QUINDARO was close to the Missouri River it became an ideal location for helping slaves become free!!

Nancy used to hide slaves in the cistern on her property along with pillows, comforter and chair. She kept a washtub over the top to hide the opening to the cistern.

After the war the city was occupied with a number of freed slaves and abolitionists.

In the 1980's our city fought to keep the area from urban renewal and it became part of the Kansas Historical Society.

Path to the underground railroad.

Ruins today from the original buildings.

In 1862 classes were started for former slaves and became the QUINDARO Freedmans School. Later it was changed to Western University.

This area of Kansas City Kansas is rich in history and a major part of our nations freedom.

Linking with ABC WEDNESDAY



Deanna said...

Hi from the Kansas Flint Hills!
Kansas has a rich history and it's very interesting to me what all happened in this area.
Thank you for sharing.

Photo Cache said...

Very informative.


LV said...

When going to school, history was not best subject. I do enjoy Reading when others share history.

Gerald (SK14) said...

That is a fascinating history

bj said...

Wonderful post...I love that part of the country...and we love to see the ruins of the past.

Gayle said...

I love history but must admit I don't know a lot of Kansas. Very interesting. Thank You.

Roger Owen Green said...

It's a bit of history we don't hear in the east!


aspiritofsimplicity said...

very interesting history.

Reader Wil said...

Very important to read such pieces of history. Humiliation and cruelty are still committed everywhere in the world. Let's hope and pray that all good powers are going to work together.
Wil, ABCW team

Sharp Little Pencil said...

I didn't know anything about this woman or the town. See, this is why our history textbooks need an overhaul. Her story, and the story of the town, are much more important to our children's education than memorizing factoids about rich white men who spent America's wealth blowing up their perceived enemies. WOW. This hit home for me! Thanks for the lesson. Amy

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

This was truly a fascinating post to read. I wasn't aware of the Native Americans' contributions to abolitionism. Blessings!

Ajay Pai said...

Interesting and fascinating. Very informative.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Thanks for sharing the history of Quindaro. It's good to know. The more that the more of us know these stories, I think, the fewer become prejudiced.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Fascinating history. It must have been a bitter irony to be offered citizenship in a land that was historically theirs.

ChrisJ said...

Fascinating piece of history!

bettyl-NZ said...

Thanks for this bit of history. I lived in and out of KC over the years but never knew about this.

Joyful said...

Very interesting history. It also looks like a beautiful area.

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