Kelly Campbell, Eudora, was one of 54 students in a class at Kansas University that spent a semester researching the exodus of African-Americans to Kansas in 1879.
David Peavler, a doctoral student in history at KU, taught the class, titled History of the Peoples of Kansas. For the research project, the students in the class each picked a Kansas newspaper from that time period and wrote papers on what the newspapers reported about the exodus.
Peavler said he assigned the labor-intensive project because there is little in current history books about the exodus, in which 10,000 to 20,000 African-Americans left the south after the Civil War to settle in Kansas.
The students spent hours reading the old newspapers on microfilm. Peavler said the Kansas State Historical Society and the Interlibrary Loan program were instrumental in the research project.
The 54 research papers will be printed and bound together for distribution at local libraries and the state historical society.
Campbell is the daughter of Richard and Janet Campbell, Eudora.