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Driving through the hills on Highway 283 on a perfect July morning, air conditioner blasting away the early heat, sunglasses perched on my nose, it was impossible not to be taken in by the rare beauty of the Smoky River Valley. While somehow managing to be inviting and foreboding at the same time, the landscape made me feel small, not unlike the feeling of standing beside the ocean or a busy sidewalk in New York. On this day, my husband, kids and I headed toward the unincorporated town of Nicodemus, Kansas, to attend the 134th annual Homecoming and Emancipation Celebration.

Posted on July 31, 2012 4:06PM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

New Ballet About Nicodemus Part Of Homecoming Emancipation Celebration

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.

Posted on July 13, 2011 2:49PM by Cecilia Harris


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