"Go to Kansas"

Formerly enslaved African Americans left Kentucky at the end of the of post-Civil War Reconstruction period to experience freedom in the "Promised Land" of Kansas. Nicodemus represents the involvement of African Americans in the westward expansion and settlement of the Great Plains. It is the oldest and only remaining Black settlement west of the Mississippi River.

The Five Historic Buildings
Five Historic Buildings

The five historic buildings were declared a unit of the National Park System on November 12, 1996.

Educational Opportunities
History Comes to You

Your class room can: Request a traveling trunk, request a distance learning program, and check out our lesson plans.

A limestone building with an American flag and park sign
Write Out

Write Out is a fun collaboration with the National Writing Project and the National Park Service. We encourage you to write a poem.

Discover Nicodemus!
History & Culture

The oldest and only remaining Black settlement west of the Mississippi River.

Junior Ranger
Become A Junior Ranger

Be a Junior Ranger at Nicodemus National Historic Site

Historic Photos and Videos
Learn more from Nicodemus descendants

From the beginning of Nicodemus photos, film and other documents were preserved for future generations.

Last updated: September 21, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

304 Washington Ave.
Nicodemus, KS 67625-3015


Phoneline for Nicodemus Visitor Center and Township Hall. Use this number to speak with Park Staff

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