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S. H. B. Shoonmaker of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wrote this letter to Governor St. John on behalf of the black residents of his parish (county). He asked the governor a number of specific questions, including how these black emigrants could obtain land, where they should settle, and whether there were relief organizations that could assist the refugees. In addition to his service as governor, St. John also served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Freedmen's Relief Association.

Creator: Shoonmaker, S. H. B.
Date: May 17, 1879

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This letter provides specifics about the concerns Southern blacks expressed prior to their emigration to Kansas. This would work in tandem with other documents demostrating the appeal of settling in Kansas.

KS:7th:3.5:Exodusters (2005)

Item Number: 210549
Call Number: Governor's Records--St. John--Correspondence Received--Box 14, Folder 1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210549

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