The Black & Gold Tavern, a Westport bar known for its Mizzou allegiance and formerly known as the News Room, is moving forward with its plans to “celebrate” the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid on a Lawrence, which killed upwards of 200 men and boys. The raid is also known as the Lawrence Massacre.
In January, owner Zack Cartwright hinted at taking a busload of Mizzou fans to Lawrence, promising to “leave the matches at home.”
No word on if that’ll happen, but the bar’s Facebook page lays out the details of next Wednesday’s party to “commemorate Missouri’s most decisive road victory”:
“On August 21, 1863, Capt. William C. Quantrill led a band of Missouri partisan rangers on a daring raid of Lawrence, Kansas. The raiders sought vengeance for murders and other terrorist acts that had been committed by Jayhawkers and Redlegs, including the looting and burning of numerous Missouri farms and the town of Osceola. Even then, Lawrence was the nest of Jayhawker activity. And it was Lawrence that burned that day.
“Just as KU chooses to honor the memories of murderers and thieves through the naming of its athletic teams, we will celebrate the sesquicentennial of Quantrill’s Raid. Join us for an evening of music, food & drink specials, etc.”
It’s unclear if the “etc” includes arson and the murder of children, but we’ll just have to wait and see!
UPDATE: The Black & Gold Tavern’s owner, Zack Cartwright, adds this in the comments:
“FYI, the ‘etc’ includes a presentation by Quantrill historian and author Paul Petersen. Those who are interested in learning the truth are welcome to come hear Mr. Petersen at 7:00. Those who are offended are free to stay home or wait for the bus.”
Petersen has written three books about Quantrill, including “Quantrill at Lawrence: the Untold Story,” in which he “methodically explains the sacking of Lawrence, and his book will remain long a largely incontrovertible indictment of the Jayhawkers.” He is a member of the William Clarke Quantrill Society, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to the study of the Border War and the War of Northern Aggression on the Missouri-Kansas border with an emphasis on the lives of Quantrill, his men, his supporters, his adversaries, and the resulting historical record.”