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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.

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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.

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:

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mike anderson

@tigermikey33

@The_Antlers celebrating 150 years

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Others chose to tweet:

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

Em

@bRantingz

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

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

Jordan Allen

@JewishJordan13

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

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

Jared Buchanan

@jackbuck8

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

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RIP to my homeboy @WQuantrill1863, a real American hero #burnlawrence

Dustin Thoenen

@DT_thoenen

RIP to my homeboy @WQuantrill1863, a real American hero #burnlawrence

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Happy burn kansas day #rockchalkchickenhawk #fuckkU

Ryan Rolwing

@RyanOtto24

Happy burn kansas day #rockchalkchickenhawk #fuckkU

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

Travis Cook

@RealTravisCook

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

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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

Greg Loeffler

@greg_loeffler

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

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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:

WE RIDE! BURN LAWRENCE TO THE GROUND! DEATH TO JAYHAWKERS! #QR1863

WilliamQuantrill1863

@WQuantrill1863

WE RIDE! BURN LAWRENCE TO THE GROUND! DEATH TO JAYHAWKERS! #QR1863

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Hurrah for Quantrill! Hurrah for the South! Hurrah for Dixie! #QR1863

WilliamQuantrill1863

@WQuantrill1863

Hurrah for Quantrill! Hurrah for the South! Hurrah for Dixie! #QR1863

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

WilliamQuantrill1863

@WQuantrill1863

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

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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.

If you're not drinking a Phoenix Rising today then you're doing it wrong. #QR1863

Free State Brewing

@FreeStateBeer

If you're not drinking a Phoenix Rising today then you're doing it wrong. #QR1863

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