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This advertisement for Nicodemus, Graham County, Kansas, describes the location of the colony near the Solomon River and the town company's plans to build more houses, businesses, and other public buildings. The trustees were quick to note that they will not build any saloon or "houses of ill fame" during the first five years of settlement. Nicodemus was settled in 1877 and is the oldest surviving black community west of the Mississippi River. Today the town is a National Parks Service site and is open to visitors.

Creator: Nicodemus Town Company
Date: 1877

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This source provides another example of how this town company encouraged settlement, and also illustrates how emigrants wanted to create their own towns. This works with other documents about Nicodemus, such as the town company certificate, advertisement titled "To the Colored Citizens of America," images of the town, census data, and articles from the Nicodemus Western Cyclone. It could also be compared to other advertisements for Exoduster settlements.

KS:7th:3.5:Exodusters (2005)

Item Number: 332
Call Number: E185 .1877 *4
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 332

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