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American Civil War - March 1, 2019

The John Brown mural, known as "Tragic Prelude," at the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by J. Schafer)

Q: After more than three decades of effort, a former Civil War-era port and stop on the Underground Railroad is getting national recognition. This week, the U.S. Congress voted to make this place in Kansas City, Kansas, a national commemorative site. What's the name of this place?
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A: the Quindaro Ruins

This week, Congress approved a historical designation for the Quindaro Ruins, a Civil War-era port of entry into Kansas and stop along the Underground Railroad. U.S. lawmakers recognized Quindaro as a national commemorative site as part of a massive public lands package approved by Congress on Tuesday. The legislation is now headed to President Donald Trump's desk. The designation comes from the National Park Service but falls short of national historic landmark status. Still, supporters say it creates opportunities for new assistance from the government to preserve the Kansas City site, which was once a flourishing abolitionist community. Read more about the Quindaro Ruins in the Kansas City Star

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