Another Step Forward for Quindaro

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release

Contact: Jim Ogle, Executive Director
(785) 856-3635

Julie McPike
Managing Director
(785) 856-5283

Sonia J. Smith
Communications and Marketing Manager
(785) 856-5304

Another Step Forward for Quindaro

Senator Pat Roberts has introduced companion legislation that would make the Quindaro Townsite a National Historic Landmark. The companion legislation is an important step forward for Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area’s (FFNHA) partners working on the project.

In announcing he had filed legislation, Senator Roberts said “The Quindaro Townsite is an important part of the history of Bleeding Kansas and the history of our nation. To understand and appreciate Kansas’ role in the abolition of slavery, we need to work to preserve the townsite and the legacy of its inhabitants.”

Roberts' bill is similar to one introduced last month by Rep. Kevin Yoder and co-sponsored by Reps. Emanuel Cleaver, William Clay, Roger Marshall, and Lynn Jenkins.

“The Quindaro Townsite is a historical gem of Kansas, but one that has sadly been too often overlooked and underappreciated,” Representative Yoder said. “I am proud to be joined by Senator Roberts in my effort to elevate Quindaro to National Historic Landmark status. There is so much Quindaro can teach us about the fight for freedom and the foundation of our state. Designation as a National Historic Landmark will help protect this historic site and promote further study and investment in Quindaro, benefitting the community and the state for generations to come.”

In his news release announcing the introduction of the legislation, Roberts noted the important role of FFNHA and his co-sponsorship of the original federal legislation to create FFNHA.

The Western University Association through the historic Allen Chapel A.M.E. church and the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County own the lands associated with the area coverage by the current National Register of Historic Places. 80,000 different sites are on the Register that is administered by the National Park Service. National Historic Landmark status is much rarer. Only about 2,500 location have that designation. It is also the highest recognition for properties not owned by the National Park Service.

“I am excited that so many of our representatives support this continuing effort to tell and preserve the Quindaro stories,” said Jim Ogle, the Executive Director of FFNHA. “When we began working with our partners on this project more than two years ago, we all agreed that achieving National Historic Landmark status would best preserve the stories of Quindaro, alert all citizens of the national importance of the site, and open the door for additional public-private partnerships to invest in the site to make it accessible to all!”

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About Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
Location: 41 counties in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri

Area: 31,021 square miles, approximately the size of South Carolina

Population: 2,883,526 (2017 estimate)

Established: October 12, 2006

Counties involved
Kansas – Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clay, Coffey, Crawford, Douglas, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Wilson, Woodson, Wyandotte

Missouri – Barton, Bates, Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, Ray, St. Clair, Vernon

Website: www.freedomsfrontier.org

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