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Henry Smith and his daughter, Clara, wrote this letter to Kansas Governor John St. John requesting information about black emigration to Kansas. Smith wrote on behalf of his community in Marshall, Texas, saying that a number of people were hoping to emigrate because they were unable to make a living due to discriminatory practices. According to the letter, some of the Smith's white neighbors were threatening to follow black emigrants if they attempted to leave the area (to what end is unclear). In addition to his role as Kansas governor, St. John served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Freedmen's Relief Association.

Creator: Smith, Henry and Clara
Date: May 7, 1879

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This source provides another firsthand perspective of why emigration seemed to be a viable option. It could be grouped with other documents providing the black perspective on the Exodus.

KS:7th:3.5:Exodusters (2005)

Item Number: 210544
Call Number: Governor's Records--St. John--Correspondence Received--Box 14, Folder 1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210544

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