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Kansas Historical Marker


Kansas State Historical Marker
Douglas County
US-40, Douglas County
Roadside turnout, Tennessee Street, Lawrence

      Lawrence was established in 1854 by the Emigrant Aid Company, a New England organization formed to prevent the new Kansas territory from becoming a slave state. When the first legislature enacted the so-called Bogus Laws with severe penalties for opposing slavery Lawrence was the center of Free-State resistance. Free-State newspapers here further antagonized Proslavery officers.