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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.

Date: 1855

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Item Number: 209870
KSHS Identifier: 1927.15.1

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