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Roseline Cunningham, a black schoolteacher from Westpoint, Mississippi, wrote this letter to Kansas governor John St. John concerning emigration to Kansas. Cunningham, like many other Exodusters, was unable to make a living in the South and sought information about settling in Kansas. She also wanted to know if there was a governmental agency or society that would help her (and her neighbors) cover the cost of emigration. Governor St. John served on the board of the Kansas Freedmen's Relief Association.

Creator: Cunningham, Roseline
Date: June 18, 1879

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Roseline Cunningham to John P. St. John - 1

This source demonstrates some of the concerns on the minds of emigrants and provides another example of the black perspective (and the female perspective as well). In particular, this could be paired with St. John's reply to her letter, dated June 24, 1879.

KS:7th:3.5:Exodusters (2005)

Item Number: 210545
Call Number: Governor's Records, St. John, Correspondence Received, Box 14 Folder 2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210545

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