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This flag was created by pro-slavery Missourians who captured free state supporter Reverend Pardee Butler of Atchison in April 1855. The pro-slavery men sent Butler adrift on a raft down the turbulent Missouri River with this flag flying from it. The Missourians wanted others to know that the minister had helped slaves escape. Although he was expected to drown, Butler survived.
Item Number: 209870
KSHS Identifier: 1927.15.1
Collections - Museum
Date - 1854-1860 - 1855
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Antislavery - Abolition
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Ceremonial Artifact - Flag
People - African Americans - Slavery
People - Notable People - Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872
Places - Counties - Atchison
Places - Other States - Missouri
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts