In the turbulent years following the Civil War, around 27,000 former slaves migrated to Kansas. They called themselves "exodusters" and they were fleeing Jim Crow laws. Some of them are remembered in a portrait exhibition of an African-American community in Leavenworth, Kansas.
The private nonprofits that run foster care in the state say they've risen to the challenge of caring for children during the pandemic and meeting the terms of a class-action lawsuit settlement. But child welfare advocates say there's plenty of room for improvement.