Exoduster Tour
The Great Exodus of 1879 was a mass movement of African Americans from the Southern United States to Kansas. The Kansas Exodus was the first general migration of African Americans following the Civil War. 20,000 freed slaves (known as Exodusters) flowed into Kansas between 1879 and 1880. 

The area surrounding the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway is a land rich in history and culture. The seven communities linked along the byway corridor contain fascinating stories about the people who settled here, from the Native Americans who lived here hundreds of years ago to the immigrants who followed the trails and railroads to stake out homes and raise families. 

One of the stories that binds all of these communities together is the mass immigration of African Americas following the Civil War. During the late 1870's, in African American church congregations across the south, the word quickly spread that the Federal Government had set aside Kansas land for former slaves.

It wasn't true.
But it helped spark and Exodus.
And dreams.

And so to Kansas, to places like Barton and Stafford Counties, the members of these churches came for new beginnings and the hope for better futures.

Spend a day on the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway as you trace the Exoduster migration and settlement in Barton and Stafford Counties. The tour will take you to local cemeteries, museums and memorials to experience the stories of Exodusters and Civil War veterans.   

Get the Exoduster Brochure from the Download Center for the complete story and additional information.