Lawrence groups to re-enact Quantrill’s Raid on Twitter

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?

James Lane twitter quantrillSeveral 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.

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