Wins for Kansas: Friends of the Wichita Pioneers

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A local group works hard to make sure those who founded our city are honored.

On the west side of 9th and Hillside in Wichita, you'll see a cemetery with a lot of familiar names.

"If you drive around town and you look at the names of buildings or streets, they're named after city founders. And probably at highland,” says Barb Myers, founder of the Friends of the Wichita Pioneers.

Many historical figures are buried at Highland, the oldest cemetery in Wichita. But when Barb Myers would visit for research, she found that many of the grave sites were in bad shape.

"So, I started giving historical tours and also looking at what it would take to fix some of the stones while we were there. So ultimately, we formed the nonprofit and the rest is history, pardon the pun!"

Now, almost five years later, the Friends of the Wichita Pioneers have fixed several hundred stones.

"We don't ask for anything from the families, we just ask for their approval."

Working directly with the city of Wichita, they're honoring the past and looking towards the future.

"It's very important to take care of those because the way I look at it is it's kind of like the original city museum. We are actually respecting those people by taking care of them."

To help with their mission, KAKE TV and our partners, DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers, are honored to them as this week's, “Wins for Kansas.”

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