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Andrew Atchison to John P. St. John

Andrew Atchison to John P. St. John
Creator: Atchison, Andrew
Date: August 22, 1881
In this letter, Andrew Atchison updates Kansas governor St. John on the condition of the Exoduster settlement near Dunlap, Kansas. Benjamin Singleton had established this colony in May, 1878, and according to Atchison, the black refugees (numbering around 200 families) were thriving. Another goal of Atchison's letter was to investigate the "practicability" of establishing a Business and Literary Academy in addition to their free public school. Atchison and some other white residents of the area had formed the Dunlap Aid Association to assist the Exodusters' efforts to obtain land and employment.


Andrew Gayden

Andrew Gayden
Date: 1934
This is a photograph of Andrew Gayden, the son of Ellen Maddox Gayden and Jefferson Gayden. He was born in 1872 on a plantation in Carroll County, Mississippi. Andrew Gayden's parents and other relatives came to Kansas. They came to Topeka and later moved to Dunlap, Kansas. Andrew later settled in Kansas City, Kansas, where he worked in the stockyards. He married Frances Jane Johnson in Council Grove, Kansas, on October 1, 1903. When Frances was expecting a child, they moved back Dunlap where Andrew was active in the community. He died on June 24, 1935, and is buried in Dunlap, Kansas.


Andrew Gayden farm house near Dunlap, Kansas

Andrew Gayden farm house near Dunlap, Kansas
Date: 1935
These are two photographs of the Andrew Gayden farm house near Dunlap, Kansas.


Certificate of Incorporation for the Singleton colony

Certificate of Incorporation for the Singleton colony
Creator: Singleton Town Company
Date: June 24, 1879
This certificate of incorporation laid out the details of the Singleton Colony's town company, including its purpose, term of duration, and number of directors. The document was signed by Benjamin Singleton, William Sizemore, A. D. DeFrantz, Fuel Williamson, George Wade, George Moon, John Elliott, Austin Dozier, John Davis, William Shrout, and John Wade. It was also notarized by Thomas Archer and certified by James Smith, Kansas Secretary of State.


Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in Dunlap, Kansas

Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in Dunlap, Kansas
Date: 1933
This is a photograph of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in Dunlap, Kansas. The church has a bell tower.


Colored directory:  information, history, facts, also buyer's guide of the best business places appreciating your patronage

Colored directory: information, history, facts, also buyer's guide of the best business places appreciating your patronage
Date: April 1928
This directory primarily deals with African Americans living in Topeka, Kansas, but it also contains listing for Alma, Burlingame, Council Grove, Dunlap, Eskridge, Osage City, Oskaloosa, Paxico, Perry and rural Shawnee County. Listings of the residents of the smaller communities include name and occupation. The address is included only if it is rural with the RFD numbers. The listings for Topeka include name, occupation or place of employment, and home address. The Topeka portion includes a listing of churches with some sketches, colored schools, lodges, biographical sketches of some community members, article about the police and fire departments, the Kansas Vocational School in Topeka, and "Some Topeka Institutions" (African American organizations and businesses). The publication includes a listing of call letters for radio stations, driving distances in Kansas, and railroad rates from Topeka to various locations for the railroad lines through Topeka. The directory also includes a number of advertisements.


Columbus Johnson

Columbus Johnson
Date: 1889
This is a photograph of Columbus Johnson, who lived in Dunlap, Kansas. He was born in Maryland, the child of a free man and a slave woman who was purchasing her freedom. His mother died when lightning struck a tree, and Columbus was taken to Tennessee where he was auctioned. Johnson learned several trades including harness making and carpentry. He could read and write and frequently read newspapers. While employed at the Braham Mill, he met and married Josephine, a 13 year old slave girl. Columbus Johnson served in the Civil War, and when he was mustered out, he returned to Gallatine, Tennessee. In 1869, Benjamin Singleton, Columbus Johnson and others organized the Tennessee Real Estate Homestead Association. They learned that homesteads were available in Kansas. Johnson went to Topeka where he was active in the Kansas Colonization project with Pap Singleton, under the auspices of the Freedman's Aid Society. His wife and family joined him in Topeka. In 1884, he moved the family to Dunlap where he was active in the community. In June 1884, Johnson and five white businessmen organized the Farmers Bank of Dunlap. He was a trustee in the St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church and one of the shareholders and organizers of the Dunlap Colored Cemetery Association. Johnson died October 17, 1894.


Construction of the Dunlap City Hall

Construction of the Dunlap City Hall
Date: 1916
This photograph shows the construction of the Dunlap City Hall in Morris County, Kansas.


Dunlap Academy and Mission School, Dunlap, Kansas

Dunlap Academy and Mission School, Dunlap, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1899
This photograph portrays the students and teachers of the African American school in Dunlap, Morris County, Kansas. Dunlap was located in eastern Morris County and was established in May 1878. The colony was founded by Benjamin Singleton and the Tennessee Real Estate and Homestead Association. This was the last colony Singleton founded in Kansas.


Dunlap High School boy's basketball team

Dunlap High School boy's basketball team
Date: 1914
This is a photograph showing members of the Dunlap High School boy's basketball team in Dunlap, Kansas.


Dunlap High School football team in Dunlap, Kansas

Dunlap High School football team in Dunlap, Kansas
Date: 1914
This is a photograph showing members of the Dunlap High School football team in Dunlap, Kansas.


Dunlap High School football team in Dunlap, Kansas

Dunlap High School football team in Dunlap, Kansas
Date: 1914
This is a photograph showing members of the Dunlap High School football team in Dunlap, Kansas.


Dunlap High School football team in Dunlap, Kansas

Dunlap High School football team in Dunlap, Kansas
Date: 1914
This is a photograph of the Dunlap High School football team in Dunlap, Kansas.


Dunlap High School girl's basketball team in Dunlap, Kansas

Dunlap High School girl's basketball team in Dunlap, Kansas
Date: 1914
This is a photograph of the Dunlap High School girl's basketball team in Dunlap, Kansas.


Elementary school in Dunlap, Kansas

Elementary school in Dunlap, Kansas
Date: 1941
This is a photograph of students at Dunlap Elementary School in Dunlap, Kansas.


Elementary school in Dunlap, Kansas

Elementary school in Dunlap, Kansas
Date: 1919
This is a photograph showing students at Dunlap Elementary School in Dunlap, Kansas.


Elementary school in Dunlap, Kansas

Elementary school in Dunlap, Kansas
Date: 1941
This is a photograph showing students at Dunlap Elementary School in Dunlap, Kansas.


Fern Gayden

Fern Gayden
Date: 1922
This is a photograph of Fern Gayden possibly taken in Dunlap, Kansas. Fern Gayden was born September 29, 1904, in Dunlap, Kansas, where she attended elementary and secondary schools. She went on to attend Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia and taught school for one year. Fern Gayden moved to Chicago at the age of 23. She had a 50-year career as a social worker but became best known as a literary, fine arts, and political activist. A founding member of the South Side Writers Group in the 1930s, Fern Gayden's long and diverse career included leadership roles in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and the South Side Community Art Center. During World War II, she co-published Negro Story magazine with Alice Browning.


Frances Johnson Gayden

Frances Johnson Gayden
Creator: Aplington, Kate Adele, (1859-1928)
Date: 1903
This is studio portrait of Frances Johnson Gayden, who was born April 9, 1873, in Gallitin, Tennessee. Both of her parents were ex-slaves; however, they were skilled and provided a comfortable life for their family. Frances attended elementary school in Dunlap, Kansas, and when she graduated, her mother sent her to a small boarding school for African-American girls in Topeka. After leaving boarding school, she worked for a milliner and later as a domestic. She married Andrew Gayden in 1903, and they lived in Kansas City, Kansas. Later, they moved to Dunlap, Kansas, where they lived until Andrew's death on June 24, 1935. After his death, she and her children could not manage and lost the farm. Frances later moved to Oakland, California, and lived with her daughters. She died in November 1951, while visiting Fern, her daughter. The photograph was taken by the Aplington Studio(?) in Council Grove, Kansas.


Frances Johnson Gayden

Frances Johnson Gayden
Date: 1914
This is a photograph of Frances Johnson Gayden, who was born April 9, 1873, in Gallitin, Tennessee. Both of her parents were ex-slaves; however, they were skilled and provided a comfortable life for their family. Frances attended elementary school in Dunlap, Kansas, and when she graduated, her mother sent her to a small boarding school for African-American girls in Topeka. After leaving boarding school, she worked for a milliner and later as a domestic. She married Andrew Gayden in 1903, and they lived in Kansas City, Kansas. Later, they moved to Dunlap, Kansas, where they lived until Andrew's death on June 24, 1935. After his death, she and her children could not manage and lost the farm. Frances later moved to Oakland, California, and lived with her daughters. She died in November 1951, while visiting Fern, her daughter.


Frances Johnson Gayden and Virginia Gayden in Dunlap, Kansas

Frances Johnson Gayden and Virginia Gayden in Dunlap, Kansas
Date: 1915
This is a photograph of Frances Jane Johnson Gayden, born April 9, 1874 in Gallitin, Tennessee, and her daughter Virginia Gayden, born October 7, 1911 in Dunlap, Kansas.


Handbook of Morris County, Kansas

Handbook of Morris County, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This handbook was published by the "Modern Argo" of Kansas City, to encourage settlement in Morris County, Kansas. This pamphlet has extensive descriptions of the land and resources in the county intended to encourage agricultural settlement by extolling the virtues of this 'famous and beautiful Neosho valley'. The text describes the natural resources available. It also describes a number of established farms such as Rock Creek Valley Farm, Spring Valley Farm, Diamond Spring farm and many others. Descriptions of several towns, their businesses, and other amenities are provided for Council Grove, Dunlap, Kelso, Parkerville, and White City. The booklet includes sketches of the Morris County Courthouse, Council Grove businesses, and homes and farms.


John Summer residence northeast of Dunlap, Kansas

John Summer residence northeast of Dunlap, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1885
This black and white photograph shows John Summer and his family standing in front of their home located two miles northeast of Dunlap, Morris County, Kansas. The home was built in the 1880s.


Josephine Braham Johnson

Josephine Braham Johnson
Date: 1889
This is a studio photograph of Josephine Braham Johnson, who was born June 18, 1838, near Gallatin, Tennessee. She was one of 13 children born to Harriet Braham, a slave. When Josephine was 13, she married Columbus Johnson, and they had their first child a year later. After they gained their freedom, the Johnson's bought a home in Gallatin. Later they purchased and built homes in Topeka and Dunlap, Kansas. In Dunlap, she had a boarding house and sold vegetables, chickens, eggs, milk, and butter. She died on April 6, 1910.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject camps - community colleges

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject camps - community colleges
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s-2000s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. Subjects included in this part of the collection are: camps, state capitol, caves, cemeteries, and community colleges.


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