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Henry and Clara Smith to John P. St. John

Dates: May 7, 1879

Creator: Smith, Henry and Clara

Henry Smith and his daughter, Clara, wrote this letter to Kansas Governor John St. John requesting information about black emigration to Kansas. Smith wrote on behalf of his community in Marshall, Texas, saying that a number of people were hoping to emigrate because they were unable to make a living due to discriminatory practices. According to the letter, some of the Smith's white neighbors were threatening to follow black emigrants if they attempted to leave the area (to what end is unclear). In addition to his role as Kansas governor, St. John served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Freedmen's Relief Association.

  • Henry and Clara Smith to John P. St. John
  • Henry and Clara Smith to John P. St. John
  • Henry and Clara Smith to John P. St. John
  • Henry and Clara Smith to John P. St. John
Henry and Clara Smith to John P. St. John