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Main Topic: Our State
Topic: Nebraska Journey Stories, Immigrant Experience, & Westward Expansion

Speaker: Descendants of DeWitty Ne

The Audacious, NE Saga -- Descendants of DeWitty

DeWitty, later known as Audacious, was the largest and longest-lasting African American settlement in rural Nebraska. The settlers, including former slaves who had fled to Canada before the Civil War and their descendants, began to arrive in 1906-07, attracted by the 1904 Kinkaid Act's offer of 640 acres of free land in the Sandhills. Actual descendants of DeWitty re-enact stories of the settlement and its people, accompanied by historic photographs.

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