Nicodemus National Historic Site, Nicodemus

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Nicodemus National Historic Site, located in Nicodemus, Kansas, United States, preserves, protects and interprets the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the American Civil War. The town of Nicodemus is symbolic of the pioneer spirit of African Americans who dared to leave the only region they had been familiar with to seek personal freedom and the opportunity to develop their talents and capabilities. The site was named, at least in part, for a legendary African-American slave featured in abolitionist Henry Clay Work's "Wake, Nicodemus (1864)." It is a mystical story of an old slave died away and buried in a hollow tree who had asked to be awakened on the Day of Jubilee.
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  • This small museum and town is a tribute to the Black pioneers who were formerly enslaved and came west to settle the town and express the freedom they had gained. The short film is a good...  more »
  • We attended the 141st Homecoming. It was wonderful to learn of the history of the former Kentucky slaves that traveled there to establish the first all African American town in Kansas. The city was established in 1877. Some of the original buildings are still standing. It was a wonderful weekend.
  • Going to Nicademus feels like stepping back in time. Homecoming was a wonderful experience. Everyone I met was super friendly and welcoming I would definitely encourage others to visit. Loved it!

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