Category: General Children of the Promised Land: Nicodemus, Kansas

Portrait of Angela Bates. Bates is a Black woman wearing a broad-brimmed hat, a turquoise jacket, and dangling metallic earrings.
Children of the Promised Land: Nicodemus, Kansas

October 17, 2023

Nicodemus, a small, unincorporated town in Graham County, Kansas, is the only remaining western town established by African-Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Today, the town is a National Historic Site. Angela Bates, executive director and past president of the Nicodemus Historical Society, will explore the dynamics of child-rearing during and after slavery, stories of children conceived in slavery but born free, and how baby names were changed or used to reflect attitudes about freeborn children. Bates explores the unique experience of mothers and their children in Nicodemus, some of whom were the first members of their families born free.

This program is presented by P.E.O. Chapter AG and Newton Public Library, and is free and open to the public.

This is a hybrid program: Attend in person, register to join via Zoom, or head to the NPL Facebook page at the time of the event for a livestream.

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