In 1855 representatives from 25 Missouri counties met at Lexington, Missouri, to talk about slavery.
They were all for it.
Park University's Timothy Westcott explains their motives and their actions in The 1855 Lexington Pro-Slavery Convention on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Westport Branch, 118 Westport Road.
These supporters of slavery were concerned. Anti-slavery colonization companies in the East were sending anti-slavery settlers to Missouri and the new territory of Kansas. Efforts were being made to declare unconstitutional the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, which required authorities to arrest anyone suspected of being a runaway slave and return such fugitives to their owners. And abolitionists throughout the country were agitating to outlaw the "peculiar institution."
Westcott is associate professor of history at Park University. He has presented numerous programs relating to "Bleeding Kansas," the Civil War, and World War I. He is a member of the board of directors of the Westport Historical Society and the National World War I Museum.
Admission is free. A reception follows at the Harris House, 40th and Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.