News Release 067

Slavery and Freedom program will be held Feb. 20 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Volume 38-067 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., FEB. 11, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host "Slavery and Freedom on the Boone Farm" on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. The program, which features a guided tour of the historic site, will take place at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Nathan Boone, Missouri pioneer and army explorer, was also a slaveholder. His farm in Ash Grove was one of the largest slaveholding operations in Greene County. When Boone died in 1856, he owned 11 slaves and, despite an auction that scattered them, several returned to the Ash Grove area after emancipation. A special tour of the site, focusing on the African-American history of the farm, will begin at 1 p.m. Much of the tour will take place outdoors, so visitors are reminded to dress appropriately. An exhibit on the Boone family and slavery in the American West will be on display in the site contact station through the month of February.

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 after 1880. The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V.

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