The Votaw Colony of Kansas was established by former slaves with the support of a white Quaker, Daniel Votaw. Descendants of this historic African American settlement were re-connected through the efforts of California researchers Nat Fitz and Morris Turner. Although the colony was only in existence for about 5 years, it represented a beacon of hope and independence for thousands of formerly enslaved Africans, not only in Kansas but throughout the United States.
Morris Turner is the author of America's Black Towns and Settlements. He was the consultant for Home and Garden Television Premier, "Historic African American Towns" and is a contributing columnist for San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. He is a member of the National Park Service Network to Freedom Project and a member of the Votaw Colony Museum and Re-Connection Planning Committee.
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