Underground Railroad History explored by Black History Study Group

Black History Study Group News Release

Contact: Edith Haney-Galvin, Education Committee Chair
             Larry Lester, President

Underground Railroad History explored by Black History Study Group

(Kansas City, MO) —The regular monthly meeting of the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group is scheduled for St. Mary's Episcopal Church (1307 Holmes Street, in Kansas City, MO) on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

The scheduled speaker for the October meeting is Marvin S. Robinson, III. Mr. Robinson will discuss the history of the Underground Railroad, with emphasis on ties to Kansas and Missouri. The “Underground Railroad” defines a network of people, communities and safe places used by African Americans to escape slavery in the 1800s. Significant to the Midwestern United States is a site known as Quindaro. The town of Quindaro, in what is now Kansas City, Kansas was founded in 1856. The town site stretched from modern day 17th to 42nd Street and from Parallel Parkway to the Missouri River. It was a key location for those escaping the legal slave holding state of Missouri via the river to the free state of Kansas. The location is now an archeological site and monument receiving preservation support from the National Park Service. The Quindaro Ruins are listed in the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and on the National Register of Historic Places, among other distinctions.

Marvin Robinson is a U.S. Navy veteran and local activist who has been deeply involved with the preservation and promotion of the Quindaro Ruins. He has attended college at Emporia State University and Temple University. Robinson has been a frequent contributor to the Kansas City Call newspaper, and hosted programs on KKFI public radio. He serves as an “independent volunteer researcher/creative Consultant with a specialty in organizing and outreach.” He is currently focused on expanding the Protective Status for Veterans in addition to involving himself in Housing, Energy, Environment, Jobs and Utility Justice collaborations.

RSVPs are strongly encouraged for the meeting. Please RSVP or send inquiries to kcblackhistory@gmail.com. Edith Haney-Galvin, Education Committee Chair, Larry Lester, President.

The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group is a chartered branch of ASALH, the founders of Black History Month. Founded in September 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, ASALH operates as local, state, and international branches promoting greater knowledge of African American history through a program of education, research, and publishing. For more information on the Study Group, link to www.facebook.com/kcblackhistory.

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