Bradford, Wabaunsee County

Title

Bradford, Wabaunsee County

Subject

Deconstructing the Rural Kansas Stereotype: The Story of Bradford, Wabaunsee County,
a Lost Biracial Community, 1890-1941

Description

Bradford, located in Section 23 of Wilmington Township, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, was a small community that tells a unique story of racial coexistence and rural population decline. Black and white residents both called the area home and coexisted in relative peace — taking classes at the same school, worshipping at the same church, shopping at the same businesses, and being buried in the same cemetery. In the 1890s and early 1900s, the community was bustling, but in the decades following, it witnessed closures and consolidations due in part to the increasing use and availability of the automobile. This study is mostly based on interviews with a local historian and publicly available historical society, library, and newspaper archives.

Creator

Karl Bauer

Publisher

Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Date

Fall 2017

Contributor

Kansas State University

Rights

Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Format

PDF

Language

English

Files

The District 27 class of 1938. Source: Wabaunsee County Historical Society
Bradford, Wabaunsee County.pdf

Citation

Karl Bauer, “Bradford, Wabaunsee County,” Chapman Center Research Collections, accessed November 13, 2018, https://ccrsresearchcollections.omeka.net/items/show/195.

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