This historic site was the first African American town on the frontier after The American Civil War. 300 settlers arrived in 1877 to the newly platted town of Nicodemus. Life was hard on the prairie but these folk were tough and their faith kept them strong. Imagine arriving from the lush green of Kentucky and other more eastern states to find the only building materials for homes was sod.  They persevered and built a community that thrived for many years. When the railroad passed them by, a slow decline began. The National Park Service and the few residents of present day Nicodemus are working together to preserve the five remaining structures from the early years. I had a wonderful conversation with Ranger LueCreasea Horne at the visitor center located in the town hall. We spoke of the her family history in Nicodemus, our RV travels and how alike we all are, black and white and every other color in the spectrum. She envisions one day that these buildings can all be restored to their original stone facades. She is the great-granddaughter of one of the original citizens and is duly proud of her heritage. Descendents arrive each year in July to celebrate their ancestors. This town swells from 20 to over 200 for the 3 day event. I got all my steps in today walking the small town streets to locate the buildings. Links below to a very good video and information on the historic site.

LueCreasea’s great great grandfather is the young man farthest left in the photo near her shoulder
LueCreasea’s great grandfather on left
Beautifully restored town hall
A place to gather now and in the past
Storyboard telling about this home, hotel and post office
The building is in great need of restoration
Beautiful stonework being uncovered as work begins
1940s in front of the Old First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church built 1907
An old water pump I spotted in a vacant lot
AME Church 1885
Reverend Wilson 1950s
Stonework covered in plaster
Red carpet out for visitors
Silhouettes near church
Promised Land was exaggerated quite a bit
Early days
Bless her 💔
Free to farm and earn his own way

Published by karenebarker

Free Range Human traveling North America by RV with her Beloved

4 thoughts on “Nicodemus

  1. I really appreciate the history lessons Karene. So much we don’t know about our own country, where we’ve been. Nicodemus – a place that should be restored. A memory we should not forget. Thank you!


    1. I was surprised as anyone to discover this gem of a historic site. One of the very best reasons to travel are visiting these kinds of places. The grand and fabulous National Parks get all the attention but this type of site tells our country’s story on a very personal level.

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