Coming Up: Ricki King on Iowa’s Black Pioneers!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 9th, when the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society (SCIGS) and the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center present a talk by Ricki King on “Iowa’s Black Pioneers.

King, a credentialed genealogist and professional researcher specializing in African Americans in Iowa and the Midwest, will introduce us to some of the state’s earliest Black arrivals. No doubt these will include individuals she has identified uncovering Underground Railroad freedom seekers connected with the Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines and through her work with the City of Dubuque’s Black Heritage Survey.

Find out more about Ricki King’s dedication to Iowa’s Black history by visiting her website, Roots to Branches Genealogy. We have included her page as a resource in our Genealogy Research guide under the “African American Genealogical Research” tab. Here you will find bibliographies, indexes, record collections, and links to online resources, genealogical societies, and researchers.

And you can learn more about Davenport’s many Black pioneers, such as General Houston, Albert Nuckols, Cecile Cooper, Milton Howard, Charles Toney, and others through the blog posts and other resources collected in our African American History in the Quad Cities research guide.

We hope to see you at SCIGS’s Ricki King event or anytime in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at The Library | Main!

(posted by Katie)

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