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Explore Pioneer Cemetery This Halloween

The Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1854, is the site of several burials tied to Quantrill’s Raid, also known as the Lawrence Massacre,  in August of 1863.

The grounds were abandoned for over 100 years, until the University of Kansas purchased land west of Iowa Street for campus expansion. As per then Chancellor Franklin Murphy’s suggestion, the Pioneer Cemetery was included in the purchase.

In addition to nearly 45 original grave sites, the cemetery now includes burials of former university personnel, graduates and professors.