The Honor Our Ancestors: the Freedom Seekers of Old Quindaro is an exhibit in the Old Quindaro Museum and Information Center which celebrates, documents and interprets Underground Railroad activity in Kansas and Missouri by highlighting the escape stories of former enslaved Africans who settled in Quindaro, a town located on the Missouri River established during the height of pre-Civil War debates. Quindaro was used as an ideological battleground for pro and anti slavery forces to determine whether the Kansas territory would come into statehood as a free-state. In the process of the debate, and well into the 20th century, formerly enslaved Africans migrated to Kansas, first as runaway slaves and later as Exodusters searching for freedom.
The museum, located in Wyandotte County, Kansas opened on September 12, 2008 under the auspices of the Concerned Citizens of Old Quindaro, a nonprofit organization. The museum is housed in a 19th century two-story-bungalow formerly owned by John Walker-- the grounds keeper for Western University (a now defunct African American university). Walker, who was instrumental in the installation of the famous John Brown statue, helped to preserve the area's African American history. The museum continues his work by preserving and disseminating the history of Quindaro through exhibits, lectures, tours and other programs.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Old Quindaro Museum and Information Center, 3432 North 29th Street,, Kansas City, 66104
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Concerned Citizens for Old Quindaro
Location Type: Program