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Salina in Saline County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

August Bondi (1833-1907)

Jewish-American Abolitionist, Salina Resident

August Bondi (1833-1907) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jerry Klinger, August 30, 2018
1. August Bondi (1833-1907) Marker
Inscription.  “August Bondi was born July 21, 1831, in Vienna, Austria. The Bondis, Jewish European refugees, fled the Austrian Empire after the failed revolutions of 1848 and settled in St. Louis, Missouri. August Bondi moved to Pottawatomie Creek in Franklin County, Kansas in 1855 with his business partner, Jacob Benjamin and began homesteading. As Free-Soilers who hated slavery, their farm was attacked and burned by "Border Ruffians" (pro-slavers). A neighboring farmer rushed to their aide with his sons. His name was John Brown. Bondi joined with Brown and fought alongside of him at the Battle of Black Jack in 1856, defeating the pro-slave forces and helping enable Kansas to be admitted to the Union as a Free State January 29, 1861. Bondi enlisted in the Fifth Kansas Cavalry and served until he was seriously wounded three years later. Bondi settled in Salina, Kansas in 1866 becoming Postmaster and later a County Judge. A believer in the brotherhood of all men, he rose to be a 32nd degree Mason.”
Erected 2018 by City of Salina Heritage Commission, Smoky Hill Museum, Jewish American Society for
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 29, 1861.
Location. 38° 50.424′ N, 97° 36.681′ W. Marker is in Salina, Kansas, in Saline County. Marker located to the right of the entrance to the Smoky Hill Museum, Salina, Kansas. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 W Iron Ave, Salina, KS 67401, Salina KS 67401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Founders of the Salina Town Company (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fox-Watson Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); M60 Main Battle Tank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Memorial Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of First Free Ferry on Smoky Hill River (approx. ¼ mile away); Founders Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. half a mile away); Gen. John A. Logan (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salina.
Regarding August Bondi (1833-1907). August Bondi encountered American slavery when he came to American as a refugee from the failed liberal European (Hungarian) Revolution of 1848. He hated what he encountered. Becoming a
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settler in Kansas, his farm was burned by pro-slavery "Border Ruffians." It had been used as a way station in the Underground Railroad helping slaves escape northwards to Freedom. He was one of two Jewish Americans who fought alongside of John Brown to prevent slavery's spread to Kansas. He served in the Union Cavalry and was severely wounded in action. He settled in Salina, Kansas and raised his family while strongly maintaining and affirming his Jewish identity.
Also see . . .
1. Salina dedicates marker to local abolitionist (Salina Journal, 8/30/2018). (Submitted on May 20, 2019.)
2. August Bondi (Virtual Jewish Library). (Submitted on May 20, 2019.)
3. August Bondi - Louis Farrakhan. (Submitted on May 25, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida.)
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad, Hungarian Revolutionary 1848, Freedom Fighter, Observant Jew
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 47 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 20, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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