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Veterans to be honored at Kansas national historic site

The veterans of Nicodemus, Kansas, will be honored Nov. 24 at the Township Hall in Nicodemus.

The Nicodemus National Historic Site and Nicodemus Historical Society are working together to display photos and tell the town’s historic link to soldiers from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. Uniforms, military papers, artifacts and books will also be displayed.

In addition, Angela Bates and Barrie Tompkins of the Nicodemus Group will present a theatrical performance, “The Life and Times of the Buffalo Soldiers.”

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Events on Nov. 24 begin at 11 a.m. with the showing of “The Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars,” a documentary produced for PBS in 2004 and narrated by Ozzie Davis. From 1 to 3 p.m. events include Bates and Tompkins’ presentation; and discussions of the First Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment and the Korean and Vietnams wars.

The event is free and open to the public.

Nicodemus is Kansas’ only all African-American community, and one of the oldest surviving African-American towns west of the Mississippi. It was settled in 1877 by 300 black Kentuckians who fled racial discrimination and poverty after the Civil War.

It was declared a National Historic Park Site in 1996 and now has fewer than 30 residents.

Nicodemus is on K-24, 13 miles east of Hill City and 19 miles west of Stockton. The park site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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