Many battles punctuated the movement to establish and maintain Kansas as a free state during the Civil War period. The quest for freedom exacted a heavy toll and caused many the ultimate sacrifice including John Brown the abolitionist.
Modern day battles were equally important to the survival of the township of Quindaro. The battle to save the Quindaro ruins and preserve a legacy of freedom was waged for nearly two decades. During the early 1980's a plan had been approved to turn the Quindaro ruins area into a landfill. A number of concerned citizens joined together to wage battle to fight the landfill and save and preserve what is left of the ruins. After much sacrifice the battle was one. This area is now a national freedom trails underground railroad network site.
The battle continues in our quest to save and preserve more of the ruins but all would be lost without the tireless efforts of those who led this battle. They should be recognized for their steadfast and undying commitment to freedom. The preservation of the "Freedom Underground Railroad" and the historic survival of Quindaro.
Many thanks for their sacrifices to Marvin Robinson II, Jesse Hope III, Luther Smith, Concerned Citizens of Quindaro (CCOQ), Betty Roberts, Rev. Sylvia Drew, Doris Bailey, Christine Northern, Emanuel Northen, Bishop John Bryant, Sr., Western University Association Prof. Steve Collins , Lavert Murray, Delbert Kimbrough, Orrin Murray, SR., Marie Ross, Chester Owens, Gladys Burks, Ernest Gaydon, Jr., Sanford Kelly, Nealie Atkins, Rev. Nelson ("Fuzzy") Thompson, Johnnie C. Walden, many others and the faithful residents of Quindaro.
A grateful people
From this overlook some of the ruins from Old Quindaro township can be viewed and as preserved reminds us that Quindaro must live on in our hearts forever. The area once mighty, also serves as a reminder of man's humanity as the freedman and the exodusers passed through this place there rang a commonality through their voices that no man shall be subjected to slavery and that all men are free!
Dedicated to the people of Quindaro and the Free State of Kansas
Lavert A. Murray
Director of Development, Unified Government
Mayor/CEO Joseph F. Reardon
Commissioner Mark Holland at Large District 1
Commissioner Donald D. L. Deseure at Large District 2
Commissioner Nathan Barnes District 1
Commissioner Bill Miller District 2
Commissioner Ann Brandau-Murguia District 3
Commissioner Mark Mitchell District 4
Commissioner Mike Kane District 5
Commissioner Pat Huggins Petty District 6
Commissioner Thomas R Cooley District 7
Commissioner Benoyd M (Butch) Ellison District 8
Dennis Hayes County Administrator