Westport Historical Society's Second Saturday Speaker Series: The 1855 Lexington Pro-Slavery Convention

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Park University’s Timothy Westcott discusses a pre-Civil War gathering of pro-slavery Missourians and their reactions to the Fugitive Slave Act, the threat of colonization companies from the East, and the activities of abolitionists.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
2:00pm @ Westport Branch

Dr. Timothy Westcott will lead an interactive, insightful presentation on "The 1855 Lexington Pro-Slavery Convention," where representatives from 25 Missouri counties met at Lexington, Missouri, between July 12-13, 1855, to discuss numerous actions and resolutions which included the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, reaction against eastern state colonization companies, and interference with slavery.

Timothy C. Westcott, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history at Park University, Parkville, Missouri. He has presented over a hundred topics related to "Bleeding Kansas," the Civil War, Robert E. Lee, and on World War I. Westcott is a member Board of Directors, Westport Historical Society and the President's Council, National World War I Museum.

Speaker’s reception follows at the Harris House, 40th & Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111.