Quantrill, Brown exhibits to kick off with reception at Watkins Museum

An exhibit about Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, which took place Aug. 21, 1863, will open in a public reception at 6 p.m. Friday at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. Missouri State University professor Jeremy Neeley will lead a theatrical performance of “Guerilla Warfare: Bushwackers and Jayhawkers” to kick off the event.

The exhibit draws on the museum’s collections to re-tell the tale of the raid that killed nearly 200 people and devastated the town. On display will be artifacts from the period and raid, such as glass from the burnt Eldridge Hotel and a Bible belong to a family that was killed.

Abolitionist John Brown will be featured in a collection of daguerreotype portraits that will also open at the reception.

The Quantrill’s Raid exhibit will run at the museum until the end of the year and the John Brown display runs until end of September.


Centerville 8 years, 9 months ago

It would be helpful if the museum exhibited a copy of the city ordinance, passed ealier that year, that prohibited anyone in the city limits from possessing a firearm. Even the Union troops that were sent to protect the city were required to turn their guns over to a municipal overseer. Ever wonder why Quantrille stayed around mmost of the day? And that the only border ruffian who died was lynched because he was too drunk to remount his horse when it was time to leave?

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