"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.

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LueCreasea: Hi, this is your favorite sixth generation descendant of Nicodemus national historic site Lucretia Horn. I'm here in the visitor center and I'm excited to see you. When you come here, you'll be able to see a 15 minute video about Nicodemus You'll be able to look at our displays and exhibits. I'll talk your ear off when you come in here telling you about my family, how they homestead. And yes, there are actually blacks that came to the West during the westward expansion. So, yeah, that's what we're going to talk about when you come and visit. I'm excited and my partner, my partner in crime, my coworker Brandon Oates, will give you more information. Ranger Oates is coming up. Yes, I do live underneath the visitor center desk. Brendan: So hey, I'm Brendan and just let you know the nitty gritty Nicodemus has opened on the building side is from nine to five Thursday to Monday, but the grounds are always open so you can visit before or after in the middle of the night, whatever you want to do. But be respectful because Nicodemus is a living, breathing community and people live here, so be respectful when you're walking around, especially if it's late at night and Ranger programs junior ranger programs walking towards Ranger talks are open all the time. Just give us a phone call, or even if you show up, just let us know you're interested. If you want to know more, feel free to give us a phone call at the township. Call or visit WW Dot Nico...

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No matter what the time period getting to Nicodemus requires some planning. Park Rangers LueCreasea and Brendan give a quick informational run down of the Nicodemus Township Hall and visiting hours.

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304 Washington Ave.
Nicodemus, KS 67625-3015


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