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First Kansas Colored Infantry Mural Presented at Fort Scott National Historic Site

A traveling mural depicts a major part of Kansas history, and it makes its first stop in Fort Scott.
FORT SCOTT, KS -- A traveling mural depicts a major part of Kansas history, and it makes its first stop in Fort Scott.

Around 75 students from Royal Valley Middle School in Mayetta, Kansas created a four by ten foot mural that honors the legacy of the First Kansas Colored Infantry. The mural was presented this afternoon at the Fort Scott National Historic Site, where it will be displayed for the next few months. It represents the group of military men recruited at Fort Scott in 1862, becoming the first African American unit to serve in combat.

Mayetta students realized the infantry had very little public recognition in the Sunflower State, which is why they spent two years compiling research and working on the mural. 

"The kids decided they wanted to push forward with a mural of their own and maybe get some recognition and some word of mouth on this very important group of men," said Nathan McAlister, Royal Valley Middle School history teacher.

The mural will move to several locations throughout Kansas, and students hope it will eventually end up at the state capitol.
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