News Release 256

Tour Aug. 6 explores slavery and freedom at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Volume 39-256 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JULY 22, 2011 -- Explore African-American history in the area at a special tour, “Slavery and Freedom on the Boone Farm,” on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. The free event begins at 2 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

Nathan Boone, a Missouri pioneer and explorer, was also a slaveholder. His farm near Ash Grove was one of the largest slaveholding operations in Greene County. When Boone died in 1856, he owned 11 slaves. Despite an auction that scattered the slaves, several returned to the Ash Grove area after emancipation. The special tour of the site, which will begin at the historic site office, will focus on the farm’s African-American history both during and after slavery.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site preserves Boone’s last home and grave as well as an African-American cemetery that dates back to the farm’s slavery period. The cemetery continued to be used by former Boone slaves until sometime after 1880. The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V.

For more information, call the historic site at 417-751-3266 or call the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.

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