Johnson County's Namesake And The Shawnee Indians | KCUR

Johnson County's Namesake And The Shawnee Indians

    

History is on display at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kan.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

Missionary work, slaveholding in Kansas, a bogus legislature and a murder. These are some of the stories that surface when you investigate the namesake of Johnson County: Reverend Thomas Johnson, who founded the Shawnee Indian Mission (now a museum tucked away in a residential neighborhood). What happened at that site tells a larger story about the relationship between American Indians and the United States government.

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