LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Kansas and University of Missouri do not even play each other in sports anymore, but there is an event coming up on Wednesday that has the rivalry reaching new heights.
This week, people in Lawrence, Kan., are marking the 150th anniversary of William Quantrill's raid on the town.
Almost 200 men and boys died in the massacre in 1863 and much of the town was burned to the ground.
The commemorations have been mostly somber. A ceremony on Sunday recognized each person who died.
But on Wednesday, if you go to the Black and Gold Tavern in Kansas City, the MU alum owner
Zach Cartwright wants to celebrate the anniversary.
"The border war gave birth to a great sports rivalry. If you look at it from an MU / KU rivalry then Quantrill is our guy because he burned Lawrence," Cartwright said.
"It's a very somber event, that's about a terrible thing that happened. I mean innocent people were gunned down and some while holding their children's hands.” KU Associate Professor of History Jonathan Earle said. “I would think it should not be celebrated."
The Black and Gold Tavern expects a crowd on Wednesday to celebrate Quantrill.
Cartwright explained the raid on Lawrence was just pay back for the atrocities committed by Jayhawkers against Missourians in 1863.
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