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Dawn of Day: Stories from the Underground Railroad

Dawn of Day is a historical documentary about the Underground Railroad in Kansas that brings to light Wabaunsee County’s unsung heroes who traversed one of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history. Faith, family, and politics united a community of neighbors who lived and died to ensure Kansas was a free state.

Richard Pitts, director of the Wonder Workshop Children's Museum in Manhattan, Kansas, narrates the film and interviews educators, historians and descendants of abolitionists whose shared heritage lives on in the freedom we enjoy today.

Full Documentary (53 min 28 sec)

Kansas Public Radio Interview

An interview with the film's director Rusty Earl and actor Kris O Bailey with Kansas Public Radio host J. Schafer (May 2016)

Trailer #1

Trailer #2

If you would like to order a copy
of the documentary DVD,
please complete and return a
DVD Request Form (PDF).

 Please note that Kansas teachers will be given preference in ordering due to DVD availability


Dawn of Day Research Ideas (PDF)

Dawn of Day Film Worksheet (PDF)