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Black Pioneers and Buffalo Soldiers
The story of Nicodemus, Kansas - the last Black farming community on the Great Plains

The Black Midwest state-by-state…

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THE EARLY BLACK MIDWEST

Slavery, Freedom, Inequality, & Resistance

MIGRATIONS

Pioneers to the Great Migration

RACISM

Racial Violence & Midwest Jim Crow

CULTURE

Music, Sports, Literature

RACIAL JUSTICE & CIVIL RIGHTS

The Midwest Freedom Movement

POWER

Politics, Workers, Business, Media

Play Video about black union soldiers lined up to pose for photo

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MIDWEST
Documentary Film in development

Resources

Explore the history of the Midwest through interactive maps​

Listen to our latest Podcast featuring The story of John P. Parker​

View our interviews with scholars, artists and education experts

View our films including the Ida B. Wells: A Chicago Stories Special

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