Rep. Sharice Davids’ legislation to designate the Quindaro Townsite in Kansas City, Kansas as a National Commemorative Site passes the House

February 26, 2019
Press Release

Rep. Sharice Davids’ (KS-03) first bill to designate the Quindaro Townsite in Kansas City, Kansas as a National Commemorative Site passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today.

The bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-05), Rep. Steve Watkins (KS-02), and Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), honors the significant history of Quindaro, which served as a key stop on the Underground Railroad, and helps preserve the site for future generations.

“I’m proud to join my colleagues Rep. Cleaver, Rep. Watkins and Rep. Larsen, as well as community leaders across Kansas, to help the Quindaro Townsite receive the recognition and care it deserves,” said Davids. “Quindaro is a significant part of Kansas’ history in the fight for freedom and equality. Sadly, for too long Quindaro has lacked the proper investments needed to preserve this important site. This legislation will help protect its history and keep its stories alive for generations to come.”

Quindaro served as a free port of entry in Kansas and provided an escape for slaves fleeing Missouri during the mid-1800s. It was also home to the Wyandot tribe and abolitionists across the country. The site was abandoned and later found during an archaeological dig in the 1980s.

“We are incredibly appreciative that Congresswoman Davids from so early on was willing to collaborate with community volunteers like myself who have been working for decades to make Quindaro a National Commemorative Site,” said Marvin S. Robinson II. “It’s overwhelming to see our hard work become a reality and we look forward to using the site to educate the community about our shared history.”

H.R. 1340 passed as part of the Natural Resources Management Act.