History buffs are proposing that a Kansas limestone barn used in the Underground Railroad should be transformed into a community history center.
The Watkins Museum, Lawrence Public Library, Guardians of Grover Barn, University of Kansas Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities have asked the Lawrence City Commission to turn the barn into an archival and digital research site, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
Abolitionist John Brown used the barn, built in 1858, to hide people escaping from slavery in Missouri.
The city of Lawrence later used the barn as a fire station up until 2006.
The National Park Service officially recognized the site as part of the Underground Railroad in 2018.
Now it’s used to store police vehicles, but once the city completes a new police headquarters, the building will no longer be needed for that.
Lawrence Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard told the newspaper that the city doesn’t have plans for the building’s next use yet.