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This informative twelve-page letter, written by John P. St. John, Governor of Kansas, details how the Freedman's Relief Association has been assisting the black refugees fleeing from the South. St. John was well acquainted with the workings of this association, being a board member himself, and therefore he gave specific details about how many emigrants have found employment. He also discusses the barracks in Topeka that housed around 200 emigrants in need of shelter. Many of these Exodusters were suffering during the cold winter, and St. John mentioned that the association needed lumber to build additional barracks and houses for some of the emigrants. Toward the end of the letter, St. John implored Rust to discover if Illinois (Rust's home state) would be able to accept any of these refugees.

Creator: St. John, John Pierce, 1833-1916
Date: January 16, 1880

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For students who cannot read the whole letter, the first five pages are the most interesting and informative. This source gives specific information about the refugees' experiences shortly after arrival in the state and works with other documents describing aid societies, as well as the Harper's Weekly sketch of the barracks.

KS:7th:3.5:Exodusters (2005)

Item Number: 210538
Call Number: 326.8 R92 H. N. Rust Scrapbook
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210538

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