The new owners of the News Room – now named Black & Gold – are taking fandom to a new low. Owner Zack Cartwright tells KC Confidential he plans on hosting a celebration of the 1863 raid that killed hundreds of men and boys in Lawrence. Cartwright, who pledges allegiance to Mizzou, said the KU-MU rivalry will “never die,” but didn’t elaborate about why the bar was hosting the event.
“August 21st of this year is the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s excursion to Lawrence, so we will be celebrating it here at the Black & Gold Tavern” Cartwright told KCC. “We might even take a bus load of Missouri fans over to Lawrence that night, but we’ll leave the matches at home.”
On Aug. 21, 1863, William Quantrill led a group of pro-Confederate marauders from Missouri across the state line and attacked Lawrence, a symbolic capital of the Union. As many as 200 men and boys were killed in the slaughter, which also left the town smoldering. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the massacre.
Many people thought the KU-MU rivalry would die after Mizzou bolted to the SEC last year. Apparently some folks won’t let it go.
In an August story about the upcoming anniversary, FOX4 posted a story with the unfortunate headline “City of Lawrence Celebrates Quantrill’s Raid.”