Nicodemus, a small, unincorporated town in Graham County, Kansas, is the only remaining western town established by African Americans during Reconstruction following the Civil War. Today the town is a National Historic Site. This pictorial history explores the unique experience of mothers and their children in Nicodemus, some of whom were the first members of their families born free. This discussion will explore the dynamics of child-rearing during and after slavery, stories of children conceived in slavery but born free, and the contrast of life and decisions based on the simple concept of ‘choice,’ which freedom afforded. Bates is the executive director and past president of the Nicodemus Historical Society. Registration is required. Click here to register.