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Historic Kansans to be portrayed in event at Lecompton

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at 6:01 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 9:32 a.m.

Historic Kansans from the Bleeding Kansas era of the state’s history will be portrayed Dec. 2 in a play called “Kansas Territorial Characters.”

The event begins at 4 p.m. at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 319 Elmore in Lecompton.

Constitution Hall is where the Lecompton Constitution was drafted in 1857. Delegates tried to develop a constitution that was acceptable to supporters and opponents of slavery.

It failed, and the debate surrounding it became a political firestorm across the nation. The play by J. Howard Duncan centers on the discussion of slavery as portrayed by Charles and Sara Robinson, the first governor of Kansas and his wife; John Brown, leading abolitionist; Andrew Reeder, first territorial governor of Kansas; Clarina Nichols, frontier journalist, suffragette and abolitionist; David Atchison, Senate president-pro-tem who served as president of the United States for 23½ hours; leading abolitionist and advocate for the Kansas-Nebraska Act; John Stringfellow, one of the first to settle in Territorial Kansas and who supported slavery; Samuel Jones, Douglas County sheriff and pro-slavery supporter, and Mahala Doye, whose husband and sons were killed by John Brown and his supporters.

For more information, call 785-887-6520, or visit kshs.org/constitution_hall.

The play is also scheduled for Jan. 6, March 3, April 7 and May 5.

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