Sunday, February 25th – African American Homesteader Town of DeWitty


Celebrate African American History Month and Learn About the African American Homesteader Town of DeWitty, Nebraska at Homestead National Monument of America

Artes Johnson, Chair of the Descendants of DeWitty, and Dr. William Hunt will present a program on the African American town of DeWitty, Nebraska at Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Center on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a screening of the documentary film Frontier University Dreams at 2:00 p.m.

DeWitty, Nebraska was the longest-settled and most permanent African American homesteader town in the state of Nebraska. Established in 1907 by African American homesteaders in Cherry County, Nebraska, DeWitty provided shelter, education, and community for its residents until the last of them moved away in 1936. During a time of racial violence and discrimination in much of the rest of the United States, the residents of DeWitty and the residents of the nearby, predominately white town of Brownlee, lived as neighbors—working together and gathering regularly for baseball games and dances. In 2016, a historical roadside marker was erected by the Nebraska State Historical Society to remember this remarkable place. You can learn more of the incredible story of DeWitty at Homestead National Monument of America on February 25, 2018!

As always, programs at Homestead National Monument of America are free of charge and open to everyone.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2018. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (HomesteadNM).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.

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