John Brown event commemorates Kansas’ turbulent legacy

06/13/2013 8:00 AM

08/06/2014 12:05 PM

The Adair Cabin in Osawatomie helps tell the Kansas story of John Brown and his family.

A fiery and controversial militant abolitionist during Kansas’ territorial period, Brown helped free slaves and lead skirmishes against pro-slavery forces. On June 22, as part of the John Brown Jamboree and Music Festival, Osawatomie will explore some of that legacy.

Mary Buster, the great-great-granddaughter of Florella Brown Adair – the half-sister of John Brown – will provide tours of the John Brown Museum, located at 10th and Main. Admission is free.

Visitors to the site on June 22 will also learn from re-enactors about the lives of some Civil War soldiers. The 65th Enrolled Missouri Militia, a Civil War re-enactment group, will have an encampment.

The Adair Cabin was built in 1854 and is enclosed within a huge stone pergola built in the 1920s at John Brown Memorial Park. It was originally built by Florella and Samuel Adair. Brown lived briefly at the cabin and used it to hide escaped slaves.

The jamboree, which includes a number of events, runs from June 19-23.

For more information, call the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce at 913-755-4114 or go to

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