The end of the “Exodus” exhibit at the Great Overland Station is just ten days away, closing on April 28.
The exhibit tells the story of the “Exodusters,” through narrative, historic photographs and documents.
In the 1870s and 1880s, emigrants from many places in the United States and the world came to settle Kansas in record numbers, attracted by the promise of “free land” and owning their own homesteads, and by the availability of jobs in the growing towns and cities across the state.
African-Americans were among these new settlers. The most dramatic migration was the so-called “Exodus” from the South in 1879 and 1880. The “Exodusters” came to many towns, but were particularly numerous in Topeka, Dunlap (Morris County), and Nicodemus. They established homes and schools, held jobs, received educations, contributed to their communities, and became an integral part of the cultural tapestry of Kansas.
The exhibit is funded by a grant from Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, and illustrates one of the significant themes of the FFNHA: “Enduring Struggles for Freedom.”
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Last Admission at 3:15 PM
Cost of Admission:
Adults – $4
Seniors – $3
Children 3-12 – $2
Children 2 & Under – FREE
The Great Overland Station Museum is located at 701 N. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66608