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Children of the Promised Land

Date and Time: June 28, 2023, 6:30 PM CT

Location: De Soto Historical Society, 33435 W 84th St, De Soto
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Nicodemus, a small, unincorporated town in Graham County, is the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Black homesteaders settled the town, which today is a National Historic Site. This pictorial history explores the unique experience of mothers and their children in Nicodemus, some of whom were the first members of their families born free. Within the context of settling in the West and at the end of Reconstruction, this presentation discusses the dynamics of mothers and their children after slavery, stories of children conceived in slavery but born free, and the contrast of life and decisions based on the simple concept of "choice," which freedom afforded. Presented by Angela Bates.

This presentation is part of "21st Century Civics," a collection of resources that invite Kansans to participate in community discussions and learn more about the history of American democracy and the shared responsibilities of citizenship.

Sponsored by: De Soto Historical Society

For more information about this event, please contact:
Kathleen Ross
(913) 583-3178


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