THE NICODEMUS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESENTS

Angela Bates-Tompkins

President and Descendant

In a one hour slide/lecture presentation of

The Western Migration of the African American and Historic Nicodemus, Kansas

(National Park)


This dynamic one hour lecture/slide presentation covers the role of the African American in the settling of the western frontier, including the migration, black towns and settlements, people and events. An in depth history of Nicodemus, the oldest and only remaining all African American town west of the Mississippi, will be presented and personal stories told. This presentation promises to be dynamic, exciting, as well as most educational to all age groups. (Video clips included, if requested).

Angela organized efforts to establish The Nicodemus Historical Society in 1988 and became its first and only president. She established archives of photographs and other written material, held in the Kansas Collection - Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. She also organized community preservation efforts; worked with The Department of Interior (National Parks System); assisted in drafting the Nicodemus Bill; worked and coordinated with Senator Dole's Office and staff; and spearheaded the entire effort to preserve Nicodemus and its historic structures through its recent designation as National Historic Site (National Park). Angela continues her extensive research on the history of Nicodemus and her relatives that migrated from central Kentucky to become settlers and homesteaders. Her research efforts have led her to uncover much of the history of the African American in the West.

For Booking Contact:

Angela-Bates Tompkins
Nicodemus Historical Society, R.R. #2, Box 139
Nicodemus, Kansas 67625

(785) 421-3311 or 839-4280


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