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Kansas State Capitol - Online tour - The Sacking of Lawrence

The Sacking of Lawrence by Lumen Martin WinterSecond floor

The Sacking of Lawrence by Lumen Martin Winter, second floor rotunda, southeast corner

Violence erupted in Lawrence a few days after the non-fatal shooting of Douglas County Sheriff Samuel Jones as he attempted to arrest free-state settlers. On May 21, 1856, a group of 800 southern men led by Jones destroyed printing presses and the Free State Hotel. They burned the residence of the future first Governor of Kansas Charles Robinson. One of the southern men was killed during the sacking. These battles over slavery in Kansas Territory earned it the name “Bleeding Kansas.”