Shawnee Friends Mission

        In 1825 the Federal government began moving Eastern
Indians to new lands west of the Mississippi. This sign is
on a 2,500 acre tract assigned to the Shawnees.

        With this tribe came Methodist, Baptist and Quaker
missionaries.  One mile east and a little north the Quakers
erected buildings in 1836 and opened a school the
following year. Indian students, who lived at the mission,
received elementary schooling, religious instruction and
training in agriculture and domestic arts. Highest
recorded enrollment was 76. In later years the school
was attended mainly by Indian orphans.

        The mission operated almost continuously until
1869. A marker designates the site of the main building
which was torn down in 1917.

Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission

Johnson County
Historical marker on Carter Drive, southwest of I-35 and Shawnee Mission Parkway
Johnson County


September 20, 2001 / Bob Walter / Wichita, Kansas /

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