The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5613, the Quindaro Townsite National Commemorative Site Act, by a unanimous vote.
Quindaro is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Third District of Kansas, and National Commemorative Site status will help elevate and preserve this townsite in a way that is consistent with its historical and cultural importance.
Representative Yoder issued the following statement before the passage of the bill:
“Today, the House of Representatives has an opportunity to grant long overdue recognition to a historic site in Kansas City, Kansas that has its roots in our nation’s struggle for freedom and equality. The Quindaro Townsite National Commemorative Site Act is my bill to confer an important new designation to a piece of history that has unfortunately been overlooked on the federal level for far too long.
“Many local stakeholders have worked hard for decades to preserve Quindaro. Now, we have an opportunity to bring meaningful federal support to those who have dedicated their lives to this effort.
“National Commemorative Site designation will be a crucial step toward spreading the story of Quindaro beyond the city limits of Kansas City to people around the nation. Quindaro’s legacy – of people who were willing to lay down their lives in the name of freedom – is the legacy of America. By preserving what remains of this town, we take a small but meaningful step toward preserving every good and noble thing that our great nation stands for.”
The town of Quindaro was founded in 1857 as a safe haven for anti-slavery activists and an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Representative Yoder’s bill, H.R. 5613 the Quindaro Townsite National Commemorative Site Act, would make Quindaro a National Commemorative Site, bringing new opportunities for investment and preservation of the site. The bill has five bipartisan cosponsors, including the lead Democratic cosponsor, Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO).
Since being passed by the House, H.R. 5613 will be considered by the Senate, where Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) is sponsoring a companion bill. If passed, it will move on to the President for signing.