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8th Grade Field Trip to Nicodemus

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Formerly enslaved African Americans left Kentucky in organized colonies at the end of the of post-Civil War Reconstruction period to experience freedom in the "promised land" of Kansas. They pioneered and settled in the town of Nicodemus. The Nicodemus National Historic Site 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 8th grade class at Rawlins County Jr/Sr High were able to learn about this important time in our history by visiting the site. They were given an educational and entertaining tour of the five historic buildings by two of the descendants of the original settlers. Then they listened to a presentation and watched a film that interviewed people who grew up in Nicodemus. A true hidden treasure in NW KS. 

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