Would Missouri bushwhacker William Quantrill rally a flash mob on Twitter? If the residents of Lawrence knew a murderous mob was coming, could they have saved the town?
Several Lawrence groups are getting ready to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid by acting it out on Twitter.
#QR1863, will have participants adopting the persona of those involved in the raid and tweeting as though the event was happening in real time.
On June 4, a public meeting will be held to introduce the project and elicit participation from the community. So far, more than 50 characters have been identified with a cast that represents both sides from the Missouri/Kansas border. While a group of local actors and re-enactors will take on the role of the more historically significant characters, many secondary roles will be available to the public.
The community Twitter project is a partnership among Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Watkins Community Museum, the Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence Arts Center, 1863 Commemorate Lawrence and the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A meeting is scheduled for June 4 in Lawrence.