Independent Historian

Charlotte Hinger is a novelist and Kansas Historian. University of Oklahoma Press published her academic book, Nicodemus: Post-Reconstruction Politics and Racial Justice in Western Kansas, which placed second in the Westerners International book contest. Her novel, The Healer’s Daughter, a novel about the founding of Nicodemus Kansas. won a Kansas Notable Book Award, a Will Rogers Silver Medallion, and was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award. “’The Colored People Hold The Key’” won first place in the Westerners International articles contest.

Hinger has published a number of articles and short stories about African Americans in the West. Her first historical novel, Come Spring, about homesteading in Kansas, won the Western Writers of America first novel contest, and was a finalist for a Spur Award. Her mystery series is published by Poisoned Pen Press/Sourcebooks. She is a board member of the Nicodemus Historical Society.

Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr. (1924-1983)

Clarence Clyde Ferguson was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Uganda on March 17, 1970 by President Richard Nixon. He presented his credentials June 30, 1970 and terminated his mission on July 19, 1972. Ferguson was born November 4, 1924 in Wilmington, North Carolina to … Read MoreClarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr. (1924-1983)

Abram Thompson Hall Jr. (1851-1951)

Abram Thompson Hall, Jr., a northern journalist, forced the organization of Graham County after arriving in Nicodemus, Kansas, the first all-black community on the high plains. The county’s rapidly increasing white population objected, but Kansas Governor John Pierce St. John acknowledged the validity of Hall’s … Read MoreAbram Thompson Hall Jr. (1851-1951)

William Lewis Eagleson (1835-1899)

William Lewis Eagleson published the Colored Citizen, the first black-owned newspaper in Kansas. He was born a slave August 9, 1835 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Colored Citizen originated at Fort Scott, Kansas, January 1878. Eagleson moved the paper to Topeka, Kansas in July1878 because … Read MoreWilliam Lewis Eagleson (1835-1899)

Kansas Emancipation League (1862)

Image Ownership: Public Domain The Kansas Emancipation League’s primary goal was “to bring about emancipation throughout the whole land.” It was initiated at the First Baptist Church in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1862. It also pledged to “support the war until its successful termination,” put an … Read MoreKansas Emancipation League (1862)

William Bolden Townsend (1854-1917)

William Bolden Townsend, a journalist, educator, lawyer, and politician, gained fame through his campaigns against racist violence. He was born into slavery in Huntsville, Alabama in 1854.  His white, maternal grandfather, Samuel Townsend, emancipated him. William Townsend and his mother, Margaret (Richardson) Townsend, moved to … Read MoreWilliam Bolden Townsend (1854-1917)

Racial Uplift, Black Power, and Reparations on the Kansas Frontier: Abram T. Hall, Edward P. McCabe, and John W. Niles

Nicodemus Kansas, 1885 “Image Courtsey of Kansas Historical Society” In the article below independent historian Charlotte Hinger explores the concept of racial uplift, black electoral power and reparations for slavery in the ideals of three early citizens of Nicodemus, the most famous 19th Century black … Read MoreRacial Uplift, Black Power, and Reparations on the Kansas Frontier: Abram T. Hall, Edward P. McCabe, and John W. Niles