Reconnection IV in Topeka, Kansas Resurrects Early African American History

Topeka, Kansas – March 25, 2010 – Nat Fitz, Founder and President of Votaw Colony Museum, Inc. (VCMI), announced Reconnection IV, a public history event, will be held in Topeka, Kansas April 22-23, 2010. Fitz said, “We are continuing to do the important and vital work of exposing the history of Kansas African American settlers to their descendants and students of the westward migration.”

Author and keynote speaker Dr. Thomas Cox will address the social and intellectual history of the American and the African American experience with an emphasis on Topeka blacks at Thursday’s luncheon. Panel and discussion topics include Charles Sheldon and his contributions to Tennessee Town, the life and works of Aaron Douglas, and the challenges of ethnic research. Presenters and discussion leaders include Alan Bearman, Jennifer Mills, Carl Rauch, Cheryl Ragar, Tisa Anders, Cynthia Nelson, Ustaine Talley, and J.C. Rivers.

 Reconnection IV will begin Thursday at the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66615, and end on Friday with a tour of Tennesseetown, Redmondsville, and Mudtown in Shawnee County.

This public history event is co-sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, Kansas Historical Society, Washburn University, the Shawnee County Historical Society, Brown v. Board National Park site, and the Prairie Heritage Institute, Inc.

Lectures, discussions, and seminars are free. The keynote luncheon on Thursday and the bus tour on Friday are $25 each. For registration instructions and form, visit the VCMI Web site at http://www.votawcolony.org.For more information, contact Nat Fitz, Founder and Board President / 818 Gertrude Avenue / Richmond, CA 94801 / 510-620-0919 / n a f i1@juno.com, or Ustaine Talley / 785-232-0848 / 785-633-1003 (cell) / ustaine@sbcglobal.net.