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This drawing from Harper's Weekly depicts the African-American refugees, called Exodusters, who were housed in Floral Hall on the Topeka Fairgrounds, near what is today the Expocentre. Many of these refugees are listening to a sermon or lecture being delivered on the platform. It was drawn by Henry Worrall.

Creator: Worrall, Henry, 1825-1902
Date: July 5, 1879

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This image shows what life for many refugees must have been like, giving students a sense of the cramped quarters and hardships these emigrants experienced. It works in tandem with documents concerning aid associations, the Topeka Fairgrounds, and Kansas's preparation (or lack thereof) for dealing with the influx of refugees.

KS:7th:3.5:Exodusters (2005)

Item Number: 210501
Call Number: E185.1879 *7
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210501

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