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I think it's strange that Lecompton celebrates Territorial Days, glorifying the town's pro-slavery history. I remember having an African-American student (KU football player) who was encouraged to participate in the Territorial Days parade by his assistant coach (who was history-challenged, I assume). I told my student the history of Lecompton, and he told his coach that he'd rather not attend the "Klan rally" in Lecompton! He got punished...what an irony!
For your information, Territorial Days celebrates Lecompton's heritage as a Territorial Capital of Kansas, not our "pro-slavery history." I personally wish our historical society would focus on other aspects of that history, not just the pre-civil war stuff.
You might also want to consider this information, from Wikipedia, before casting Lecompton folks as racist. Particularly the second sentence.
The territorial legislature, consisting mostly of slave-owners, met at the designated capital of Lecompton in September 1857 to produce a rival document. Free-state supporters, who comprised a large majority of actual settlers, boycotted the vote.
If you go to Lecompton, and go to the Territorial Capital Museum, you'll see that they celebrate Lecompton as the place "where slavery began to die." It's a great town with a whole lot of history--history that changed the course of this nation.
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