The Nicodemus Connection to a Vice President

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February 21, 2015, 7:00 PM CT

Presented by Angela O. Bates

Before homesteading as free men in the African American settlement of Nicodemus, Kansas, Tom Johnson and John Samuels were enslaved by U.S. Vice President Richard M. Johnson (1837-1841) and his daughter Imogene Pence. Johnson became a controversial figure when he married Julia Chinn, a biracial woman and mother of his two daughters. This presentation follows Tom and John's journey from enslavement in Kentucky to freedom experienced in an all-Black town. Learn about their lives on the Johnson plantation, the tragic split of their families, and their migration and settlement at historic Nicodemus.

Alford Branch, Wichita Public Library
3447 S. Meridian Ave
Wichita, KS 67217
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Sponsored by: Wichita Genealogical Society

For more information about this event, please contact:
Helen F. Cole
(316) 722-5267