AMAZON ARMY HISTORIC SITE
On June 14, 2007 a memorial plaque was placed at the Franklin
Center which is at the location of the Union Hall. The Amazon
Army marched on this site. Linda Knoll who wrote and
directed the original performance play "Army of Amazons - An Oral
History of Southeast Kansas" and her cast were on hand for the
dedication. Phyllis Bitner, Chairman of the
Heritage Committee of Franklin Community Council, Inc. spoke of the
history and inspiration of these courageous women.
motto “The Spirit Remains” is a reflection of the courage
and determination of the early pioneers who settled in this small
community. Just as today’s
struggle with today’s adversities so have past generations. The women referenced in this plaque are
example of the spirit that continues to dwell in the hearts of those
These early immigrants became
known as the Amazon Army. We can only
imagine what was in their hearts and minds as they marched carrying
ones’ miner’s buckets filled with red pepper.
In Mary Skubitz’s journal she remembers “there was absolutely no
these women’s hearts”.
These European immigrants are
an inspiration to us and to future generations.
It gives us the strength and courage to face adversity and to
the tasks presented to us can be accomplished.
It has inspired the countless volunteers
who are working so hard to see that this community is rebuilt. Just as these women marched for a better
future for their families the residents of today have silently marched
own way to ensure a better future for their children and grandchildren.
We can only imagine what Franklin will look like in the next 100 years or the
challenges that the community will face.
However, the future appears bright and there is satisfaction in
this day of remembrance and reflection is a fitting tribute to the
became known as the Amazon Army.
We would like to thank Linda
Knoll who has brought their story to life.
Through her dedication the rich
legacy of the Kansas mining immigrants will continue to inspire
teach. We appreciate the time and talent
the cast and crew have given to bring this quality production to the
where it all began. There
are many others who have spent
countless hours in the production and we thank all of them.
We dedicate this sign to
those who have made Franklin their home throughout the years and
women who had the courage to fight for their rights.
Over 80 years ago the Amazon
Army took a stand. Their spirit overcame
the hardships they faced. ---
The spirit of Franklin remains!!!!
|If you have photos, stories
can identify anyone please send me an e-mail. All original photos will
be returned. Also if you have any artifacts that relate to
the Amazon Army please consider donating them so they will be saved for
future generations and will be displayed in a safe and secure location.