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For Black Visionaries, Site Still Place of Promise
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TitleFor Black Visionaries, Site Still Place of Promise
AbstractNicodemus, Kansas is featured in Malcolm Garcia's "Heartland Journal" column. The town of Nicodemus was named after the work song "Wake Nicodemus" and was settled in 1877 by 350 former slaves who came from Kentucky. It is located in Graham County and at its most prosperous times had "700 souls, two newspapers, three general stores, at least three churches, several hotels, one school, a literary society, a bank, a livery and scores of homes." It needed a railroad which it did not get. Today only 27 people live in Nicodemus and the average age is about 80. The town was named a historic site in 1996 which enables funds to be used on the five remaining historic buildings: the First Baptist Church, township hall, the St. Francis Hotel, the school and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Article features some of the people still living there.
DateNovember 27, 2005
SourceThe Kansas City Star
LocationVertical File: African Americans--History
Local SubjectNicodemus, Kansas
African Americans
Item TypeNewspaper Article
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Item ID214850
CONTENTdm number29176
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