Learn about the Bleeding Kansas era of the 1850's. And see an Underground Railroad Site and learn about the quest for Freedom before the Civil War.
Home of John and Mary Jane Ritchie
Kansas Territorial Settlers of Topeka
161 years ago this past week...on April 20th, Topeka Abolitionist John Ritchie was again a hunted man. A U.S. Deputy Marshal Leonard Arms came to his Topeka home from Lenexa to arrest Ritchie under a warrant issued in 1856. In the struggle that ensued in the Ritchie house at 1116 SE Madison, Ritchie shot and killed the marshal. A trial occurred the next day in which Ritchie was quickly acquitted of the crime of murder. A rally was later held in Ritchie's honor in Lawrence. Deputy Marshal Arms is honored on the statehouse grounds as a Law Enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty. Just one of the stories you can hear by touring the Ritchie House at 1118 SE Madison in Topeka. Tours are given Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 to 1pm.
As part of the celebration of the Brown vs Board of Education Case, Panelists will review the Brown decision at 6:00PM CST May 17th, 2021. The discussion will center on A look at Dred Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson.
It is part of the work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund which is continuing to broaden our understanding of Brown v. Board of Education by commemorating the 67th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
We are partnering with The Brown Foundation, The Shawnee County Historical Society, and the Washburn University Law School to look at cases that occurred before Brown v. Board of Education.
Join us for a discussion with the descendants from Dred Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson.
Speakers: • Lynne Jackson, President, Dred Scott Heritage Foundation • Keith Plessy, President, The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation • Phoebe Ferguson, Executive Director, The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation • Moderator: Janet Thompson Jackson, Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law •
Moderator: Leslie Canaan, Senior Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation To Register: