Keynote Speaker

Keynote Address
Quindaro in the National Context: The Kansas-Missouri Border and the Coming of Freedom in the Decade of Civil War, 1855-1865 — No other region of the nation is more tied to the Campaign for African American freedom than the border region of Kansas and Missouri. Quintard Taylor will explore that region in the decade from 1855 to 1865 to illustrate the nexus between border fighting and freedom for the enslaved. While Quindaro is the place that is the most visible manifestation of that freedom, he will recall the swirl of events in that border region that created the town and brought liberation to more than ten thousand African Americans. (Please note that the Keynote Address ant the rest of the symposium require separate registrations. Register for the Keynote Address with the link at the top of this article. Register for the rest of the events here.)

Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington and as such he holds the oldest endowed chair at the University. He is the author of The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle’s Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era, and In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the America West, 1528-1990. His Dr. Sam: Soldier, Educator, Advocate, Friend, An Autobiography, which Taylor co-authored with the late university administrator and career army officer, was released in the summer of 2010.

Taylor is also the author of more than fifty articles. His work on African American Western History, African American, African, Afro-Brazilian, and comparative ethnic history has appeared in the Western Historical Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Journal of Negro History, Arizona and the West, the Western Journal of Black Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic Studies. He is also editor of the Race and Culture in the West Series for the University of Oklahoma Press. Twelve titles have appeared in the series since its launch in 2007.

On February 1, 2007, Taylor and other volunteers created an online website resource center for African American history called The center houses over 13,000 pages of information and features contributions by more than 700 scholars from six continents. It is now the largest reference center of its type on the Internet. In 2016, 4.4 million people from more than 200 nations visited the website. Since its February 2007 launch, more than 25 million people have accessed information from the pages of

In October 2011, Taylor completed his one-year term as the 50th President of the Western History Association (WHA). Although Taylor retired from the University of Washington in June 2015, he still teaches part-time, and still holds the Bullitt Chair. Taylor has taught at universities in Washington, Oregon, California, and Nigeria over his 46-year career in higher education. In April 2017, Taylor received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Historians’ Guild and in September 2017 he received the Robert Gray Medal for his Lifetime Contribution to Pacific Northwest History from the Washington State Historical Society. For more information visit or

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