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Today's trivia (July 16)

She will always be known as the first lady of Kansas.

Sarah Robinson was feisty, articulate and a staunch defender of abolitionist politics.

She and her husband, Charles, came to the Kansas Territory in 1854.

Charles Robinson was a leader in the free-state forces, governor of Kansas under the Topeka government of the 1850s and first governor of Kansas in 1861.

The Robinsons spent time in jail during pro-slavery trials.

Their home was burned by Missouri ruffians and Sara Robinson entertained guests as the state's "first lady" by making do and borrowing homes in Topeka from state legislators.

Her 1856 journal, "Kansas: Its Interior and Exterior Life," describes some of the couple's encounters in those tumultuous first few years in the Kansas territory.

Her book is regarded as one of the best accounts of what life was like in early Kansas.

"Missourians have invaded the territory, and, by force, taken possession of the polls. They have tramped upon the right of the people to make their own laws. They have framed a code of laws that would have disgraced the dark ages. They have denied the citizens of the territory the right of free speech," Sarah Robinson wrote.

She wrote about the hardships of prairie life — the weather, cholera, fires and other challenges.

Question: Sarah and her husband, Charles, would end up donating much of their land to what major school in Kansas?

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Answer to Friday’s Question: Hattie McDaniel did not attend the Atlanta premiere of “Gone With the Wind” because she could not stay in the same hotel as the movie's white stars. Segregation laws prevented her from doing so.

At the same time, black activists were outraged by McDaniel's performance as "Mammy" in the movie and called her role demeaning.

A letter-writing campaign launched by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People made studios concerned about hiring McDaniel for future roles, despite the fact that her role as Mammy won her an Oscar. She became the first African-American to win an Academy Award.

Check back at Kansas.com Sunday for the answer to today’s question.

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