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Hunting Freedom: The Many Paths to Emancipation in Civil War Missouri


  • 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home and Museum 217 N. Main ST. Independence, MO 64050 (map)

In conjunction with Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area and the Wornall/ Majors Museums, JCHS presents Hunting Freedom: The Many Paths to Emancipation in Civil War Missouri” is a museum exhibition exploring the end of slavery in western Missouri. The Kansas-Missouri border provides a unique view into the process of emancipation. Violent conflict erupted early in the region during the crisis over Kansas statehood. Soon after the start of the Civil War, in response the occupation of the state by the Union military, a guerrilla insurgency erupted in Missouri. As the war progressed, white Missourians became increasingly divided and the resulting chaos created avenues to freedom for the enslaved population. The presence of the Union army, the proximity of free states, the division of white society, and the mobility and knowledge of enslaved people living in small-scale slavery allowed enslaved Missourians to gain freedom earlier and in greater numbers than many other slave states.

Earlier Event: April 1
1859 Jail Reopens for 2019 Season
Later Event: April 12
JCHS Happy Hour at Apex Aleworks