The online edition of the Washington Post recently featured an opinion by Nebraska’s Richard Edwards that examines the disappearing history of black homesteaders who pioneered the West.
The opinion outlines once vibrant African American homesteading communities that have fallen into ruin and how the spirit of these pioneers is mostly forgotten today. The opinion, which published July 5, is available here.
Along with serving as director of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Center for Great Plains Studies, Edwards is also director of the Black Homesteaders in the Great Plains project. The project, which recently received a second grant from the National Park Service, is focused on preserving the history of six black homesteader communities — Nicodemus, Kansas; DeWitty, Nebraska; Dearfield, Colorado; Sully County, South Dakota; Empire, Wyoming; and Blackdom, New Mexico. Read more about the project in Nebraska Today.
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