children holding signSomething special has been happening in Nicodemus every year since 1878. Back then, the community founded in 1877 by 350 freed slaves from Kentucky and Tennessee held an Emancipation Celebration every year to commemorate the abolishment of slavery. Today, the event celebrates that and so very much more. Nicodemus is, afterall, the only town still in existence west of the Mississippi River that was established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War.