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The year was 1970 and Lawrence was a war zone. Not since Quantrill’s Raid in 1863 had the city seen so much violence and destruction. And on April 20, 1970, it was the image of the Kansas Union ablaze — with flames shooting through its roof, students pulling fire hoses up steps and Kansas University administrators looking toward the sky in disbelief — that had the rest of the world taking notice of the unrest in Lawrence.

At a time when youth from all origins struggled to mainstream themselves into social issues nationwide, the student body joined together supporting fire fighters, police, and local patrons to defend their Union. Students helped pull hoses off the truck and ran in and out of the union saving precious artwork and furniture. Eventually, the fire ran out of fuel. By the end of the night, the top two floors of the six-story Kansas Union were destroyed. The roof over the ballroom had collapsed. Damage totaled more than $1 million dollars.

Text sampled from the Lawrence Journal World article "1970: Memories Of Violence In City Still Strong" – Read the full article here!


ABOUT THE SHIRT: You won't want to take off this super-soft unisex tee, featuring a unique triblend fabrication, modern fit, crew neck and short sleeves.

Fit information can be found here: Bella+Canvas
Features: Sideseamed. Retail fit. Unisex sizing.
Fabrication: 50% poly, 25% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton, 25% rayon.
Weight: 3.8 oz.

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