A Civil War-era port of entry into Kansas and stop along the Underground Railroad has received a special designation from the National Park Service.
The Kansas City Star reports that federal lawmakers joined local officials Tuesday to celebrate that the Quindaro ruins are now a National Commemorative Site.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver says the designation is the beginning of what he believes will be the complete restoration of the site, which was once a flourishing abolitionist community. Before that, it was home to the native Wyandotte people. It was rediscovered during a 1980s archaeological dig.
While the designation falls short of national historic landmark status, it enables the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service to enter into financial agreements to help fund the site’s preservation.
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