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Johnston Lykins was a well-known missionary, physician, and translator who worked with the Pottawatomi and Shawnee Indians who had moved to Indian Territory (present-day Kansas) after the passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830. In 1831, after serving as a missionary to the Indian tribes in Indiana and Michigan, Lykins and his first wife Delilah (McCoy) Lykins moved to Indian Territory. Lykins and his father-in-law, Isaac McCoy, established the Shawnee Indian Baptist Mission in present-day Johnson County, Kansas. In addition to his responsibilities as a physician, Lykins worked as a translator and developed a system of Indian orthography that allowed the Shawnee people to read and write in their native language. He edited and published the first paper printed in Shawnee, called the Sinwiowe Kesibwi (Shawnee Sun). In the spring of 1843, Lykins founded a mission among the Pottawatomi near what is today Topeka. Due, perhaps, to inter-denominational conflicts and other problems with the mission, Lykins left the Pottawatomi mission and moved to Kansas City, Missouri. He served as the second mayor of Kansas City in 1854, and he remained in residence there until his death in 1876.

Date: Between 1840 and 1860

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This image can be grouped with the entries from Lykins' journal, the issue of the Shawnee Sun, and any maps that show the location of the Shawnee and Pottawatomie Baptist missions.

KS:7th:1.4:Indian Removal (2005)

Item Number: 210312
Call Number: B Lykins, Johnston Dr. *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210312

Business and Industry - Media/Communications - Newspaper
Business and Industry - Media/Communications - Printing and publishing
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Physicians
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Publishers
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Religion - Missionaries
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Teachers
Collections - Photograph
Community Life - Religion - Christianity - Baptist
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Indian Removal Act (Indicator 4) - Assimilation
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Indian Removal Act (Indicator 4) - Disease and starvation
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Indian Removal Act (Indicator 4) - Government policies
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Indian Removal Act (Indicator 4) - Loss of land and resources
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Indian Removal Act (Indicator 4) - Mission work and mission schools
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Indian Removal Act (Indicator 4) - Pottawatomi
Date - 1800-1854
Date - 1854-1860
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Federal agencies and programs - Policies and programs - Land - Indian Removal Act
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
People - American Indians - Missions - Pottawatomie Baptist Mission
People - American Indians - Missions - Shawnee Baptist Mission
People - American Indians - Tribes - Potawatomi
People - American Indians - Tribes - Shawnee
People - Notable Kansans - Lykins, Johnston
Places - Counties - Johnson
Places - Historic sites - Shawnee Indian Mission
Thematic Time Period - Indian Territory, 1820-1854
Type of Material - Photographs

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