Here in 1855, free state representatives voted to ban slavery in the future state of Kansas.
By 1857 Constitution Hall had become headquarters for Underground Railroad operations on the Lane Trail to freedom in the north and Canada.
From 1863-1869, Constitution Hall was Kansas' first Capitol.
In 2019 WIBW featured this video about restoring the building facade.
Friends of the Free State Capitol Inc. is restoring Constitution Hall at 427 - 429 S. Kansas Avenue in Topeka. Across the street is the Old Federal Building, where in its courtroom the federal trial preceding the 1954, Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision was held in 1951.
We are a proud partner in Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area and the Topeka Freedom Partners Alliance.