Un­der­ground Rail­road site now part of his­toric Kansas trail

South Florida Times - - NATION -

TOPEKA, Kan. - A house that was part of the Un­der­ground Rail­road has been ded­i­cated as an of­fi­cial site along a new Kansas trail link­ing his­tor­i­cal places re­lated to African Amer­i­can his­tory.

The Topeka Cap­i­tal-Jour­nal re­ports that the Shawnee County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety held an event Sun­day in Topeka to ded­i­cate the Ritchie House.

The event al­lowed vis­i­tors to ex­plore the his­toric home where John and Mary Jane Ritchie helped es­caped slaves flee to Ne­braska.

The Kansas African Amer­i­can His­tory Trail of­fi­cially opened last month as a part­ner­ship of 18 his­toric sites across Kansas re­lated to African Amer­i­can his­tory.The trail also in­cludes Topeka's Brown v. Board of Ed­u­ca­tion his­toric site.

Sun­day's ded­i­ca­tion of the Ritchie House fea­tured speeches from the lo­cal his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety's pres­i­dent and the project man­ager of the Kansas African Amer­i­can Mu­seum.


A small bed­room was set up near the kitchen in the Ritchie house.

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