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Samuel Baker of Columbia, South Carolina, wrote this letter to Kansas governor St. John requesting information about housing for freed blacks. Apparently, there were around 10,000 blacks in South Carolina wanting to escape racial oppression in the South, and Baker desired more information and advice about relocating these people to Kansas. In addition to his service as governor, St. John also served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Freedmen's Relief Association.

Creator: Baker, Samuel
Date: March 7, 1882

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This source demonstrates black Southerners' desire to leave their home states, which relates to the rise of Jim Crow laws in the South. Also, it provides an important glimpse of the black perspective on emigration.

KS:7th:3.5:Exodusters (2005)

Item Number: 210540
Call Number: Governor's Records, St. John, Correspondence Received, Box 13 Folder 19
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210540

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