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When the Kansas-Nebraska Bill passed in May 1854, it allowed Kansans to have a say about whether theirs would be a free or a slave state. The Beecher Bible & Rifle Church was founded while Kansas was deciding whether it would be a free or slave state.
Tours are available upon request and church services are still held on Sundays.
When the Kansas-Nebraska Bill passed in May 1854, it allowed Kansans to have a say about whether theirs would be a free or a slave state.
Many from outside the state came to Kansas to influence that decision. One group, known as the Connecticut-Kansas Colony, arrived with Sharps rifles and 25 Bibles provided by the congregation of Henry Ward Beecher, the well-known minister from Brooklyn, New York.
The colonists joined with earlier settlers and founded a church in Wabaunsee in late June 1857, now called the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church.
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