Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Seventh-graders from a school in Mayetta are asking the Legislature to name a section of U.S. 75 after anti-slavery activist James Lane.
After hearing from eight students from Royal Valley Middle School Monday, members of the House Transportation Committee voted to name 30 miles of the highway from Holton to Topeka the James Lane Freedom Trail.
Lane was a U.S. senator from Kansas and a Union Army general who was involved in the abolitionist movement.
He also was credited with helping popularize a trail in Kansas that was used by former slaves on the Underground Railroad and by anti-slavery settlers in Kansas. The section of highway that would be named for Lane approximates that trail.