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Ohio professor working to create historical markers to help remember Lawrence’s past

Rick Sheridan, an assistant communications professor at Wilberforce University in Ohio, is pictured Tuesday in front of St. Luke’s AME Church, where Langston Hughes was a member in his childhood. Sheridan, a Lawrence native who is visiting for the summer, has created a number of historic markers that he hopes to place around Lawrence.

Rick Sheridan, an assistant communications professor at Wilberforce University in Ohio, is pictured Tuesday in front of St. Luke’s AME Church, where Langston Hughes was a member in his childhood. Sheridan, a Lawrence native who is visiting for the summer, has created a number of historic markers that he hopes to place around Lawrence.

July 21, 2009

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Man delves into Lawrence history

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Rick Sheridan knows Lawrence has a significant historical past.

Throughout the city’s history, different social movements have taken root, and political figures have occasionally used Lawrence and Kansas University as a stop along the way to drum up support.

Now Sheridan, an assistant communications professor at Wilberforce University in Ohio, wants to ensure those moments don’t escape the memories of current Lawrence residents.

“There are so many events that never got full recognition, and my idea was to create these simple mementos and use that as an opportunity to really get the word out,” said Sheridan, who grew up in Lawrence.

He’s spending this summer back in town visiting family — and creating small historical markers of significant Lawrence events.

The markers are inexpensive laminated color printouts that he designed. He hopes to seek permission to display the markers at certain locations in the city and distribute them for free to local businesses.

Here are some examples of his work:

• John Brown in Lawrence — Brown gave a speech in downtown Lawrence on Sept. 14, 1856, as tensions escalated between anti- and pro-slavery settlers.

• William Saunders Crowdy — The preacher founded the Church of God and Saints of Christ religious movement in Lawrence in 1896. Crowdy worked for the railroad, and Sheridan wants to place a marker inside the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Depot near Seventh and New Jersey streets.

• Langston Hughes in Lawrence — The legendary poet spent his childhood years in Lawrence and attended church and Sunday school at St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church, 900 N.Y.

• Kennedys in Lawrence — On Nov. 7, 1957, the future president and then-Sen. John F. Kennedy spoke to a large crowd at KU’s Hoch Auditorium. His brother, Robert F. Kennedy, as a senator and presidential candidate, spoke to a capacity crowd March 18, 1968, at Allen Fieldhouse.

“Lots of people consider Lawrence to really be the birthplace of so many different social and political movements,” Sheridan said. “Everybody’s knows about the (KU) basketball team, but there’s really a lot more to be discovered.”

Comments

Jersey_Girl 5 years, 5 months ago

I want one placed at the home where William Quantrill lived before he destroyed the town.

BigPrune 5 years, 5 months ago

Burroughs was a drug addicted wife killer. We already have a park (unfortunately) named after him.

KU_cynic 5 years, 5 months ago

Nice going, Rick.

Why is it that one guy -- from Lawrence but now living in Ohio -- can do this but the city/CoC/Visitor's Bureau/KU history dept./Watkins Museum and other "usual suspects" cannot get something like this done more formally?

svenway_park 5 years, 5 months ago

Wilberforce sounds like an animated cartoon caricature.

puddleglum 5 years, 5 months ago

Kealing, would you please present the Gilchrist with a "lifetime achievement award" then make him disappeardedeed back to missouri.

keep trolling buddy

ralphralph 5 years, 5 months ago

Wilberforce ... hmmm .... isn't that the name of the zebra that attacked the football player?

JM Andy 5 years, 5 months ago

roger_gilchrist -- Are you out of your flippin' mind? He and his crew MURDERED HUNDREDS OF INNOCENTS and then he BURNED THE TOWN DOWN. You must be joking, really. Right?!

mom_of_three 5 years, 5 months ago

John Brown spoke a few times in Lawrence. Why put a sign on just one of them. OH wait, there is a sign that says John Brown gave a speech in front of the Eldrige hotel, I believe.

salad 5 years, 5 months ago

"He and his crew murdered hundreds of innocents and then he burned the town down"

Including unarmed boys as young as 10; gunned down as they tried to run away on Mt. Oread. Quantrill lived in Lawrence twice, the first time he lived in what one would have to literally call "a hole in the ground". I'm not kidding he seriously lived in a hole in the ground. Read James Leslies book "The Devil Knows How to Ride" about Quantrill and the boarder war. Excellent historical examination of what went on here. Not to be confused with the book "Woe to Live on" which the movie by Ang Lee "Ride with the Devil" was based on.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 5 months ago

no mention of North Lawrence's giant mushroom for a marker!

hey, that's just messed up man!


yeah, Gilchrists let's do a Quantrill statue...historically it is almost certain he was a democrat too.

"offspring?" are you serious? you want a statue of a murderous destructive thug?

so, just what're you Gilchrists smokin' over there...and apparently you're not living in Lawrence. can we put you two boys out on the sand bar downstream from the dam in the kansas river? that's probably not accessible to broadband! you guys can hoot at the naked homeless broads that go skinny dippin' while you're there!

GardenMomma 5 years, 5 months ago

Wasn't there a flea market called Quantrill's? I think it was where Callahan Creek is now.

Interesting place. I remember looking around at all the junk, er...I mean treasures.

TopJayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

We need a statue of Hugh Beumont aka Ward Cleaver somewhere. Maybe it could show him giving the business to the Beaver.

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