Vandalism at historic site focusing attention on needs there

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP Discussions following vandalism at a historic site linked to abolition and the Underground Railroad may help generate support for preservation efforts there.

KCUR reports the vandalism was discovered earlier this month at a statue honoring abolitionist John Brown in Kansas City, Kansas. Part of his hand and a scroll he’d been holding were missing.

The statue marks the entry point to the historic Quindaro Ruins, stone foundations and caves with archaeological artifacts linked to the activity of abolitionists and the Underground Railroad.

Media reports about the latest vandalism and community outrage over it are focusing attention on the site.

Energy company Phillips 66 has gas lines in the area. A spokesman says the company wants to see what it can do to support preservation of the site.