Nicodemus National Historic Site Project

In August 2009, Antoinette Jackson, Ph.D., Director of the USF Heritage Research Lab, was awarded a research grant from the National Park Service for work to be conducted at the Nicodemus National Historic Site (J6068090024-H5000085095).

bertha moore carter & florence howard

Bertha Moore Carter & Florence Howard at Moore Homestead in Nicodemus, Kansas.  Summer 2011.

Project Overview
Nicodemus, Kansas is one of the first settlements founded by African American former slaves post-Civil War west of the Mississippi River.  It is one of the few remaining historically African American pioneer communities. The town was originally founded by settlers from approximately seven families that came to Kansas from Kentucky. Since its creation, the spirit of the Nicodemus community has persevered. With the establishment of the Nicodemus National Historic Site by the National Park Service in 1996, Nicodemus has secured a lasting presence as a place of national import to the history of America. This project helps document the relationship between national heritage designation, local community engagement, and professional support—including the currency of academic resources.

USF Heritage Research and Project Output in Nicodemus

View Justin Hosbey’s 2011  thesis Inalienable Possessions and Flyin’ West: African American Women In the Pioneer West.


Nicodemus Community PresentationsView videos of community presentations of research results from Nicodemus heritage project.





Nicodemus hands-on workshopsView videos of community conducted workshops for the Nicodemus heritage project.




Joetta NivensView video examples of Nicodemus residents sharing stories about their families and the history and heritage of their community.