150 Years After Pro-Slavery Mercenaries Burned Down A Kansas Town, Missourians Rejoice By Burning Kansas Merchandise

It’s been 150 years since a pro-slavery mob from Missouri burned Lawrence, Kan., to the ground. One Missouri family celebrated the anniversary by burning University of Kansas merchandise. posted on

1. 150 years ago this week, a band of raiders from Missouri led an attack on Lawrence, Kan. More than 180 people were killed as the city burned.

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2. Tensions had been high in the region for decades, ever since Missouri was granted status as a slave state in 1820. Kansas was a free state, and that led to violence on both sides of the state border.

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3. In the years since, Lawrence rebuilt and became home to the University of Kansas. Some fans of the Universities of Missouri and Kansas point to the raid as the start of a heated rivalry between the schools.

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4. And on the anniversary of that raid, orchestrated by Confederate leader William Quantrill, some Missourians celebrated Quantrill’s actions. This family burned Kansas merchandise in celebration:

6. Others chose to tweet:

Today we celebrate the sesquicentennial of Quantrill's raid. It's a good day to be a Tiger! #mizzourah

A very happy 150th Quantrill Day to the fine Missourians out there. Relish in victory.

150 yrs. ago today General Quantrill did us all a favor and burned Lawrence to the ground. #neverforget #MIZ #Fku

Happy #Quantrill day!!! 150 years ago today, Missourians first walked into Lawrence and proudly were able to say "Scoreboard"! #burnlawrence

12. Some Missourians sent texts.

13. And one Kansas City-area Mizzou bar celebrated with drink specials.

Today is 150 years since Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas. He led troops to loot, kill and burn anything in sight. Today, I drink to him

15. A group of reenactors in Lawrence also live-tweeted the events of the day, including eerie tweets from an account in the voice of Quantrill himself:

Never look back! We have friends along the way and a victory celebration awaiting at home. #QR1863

18. But people in Lawrence took the day in stride. One local brew pub, Free State Brewing Co., had a special beer on tap, aptly titled Phoenix Rising.

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