NICODEMUS The history of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Nicodemus will be the focus of an exhibit and program at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Nicodemus visitor center.

The event is sponsored by the Nicodemus Historical Society and Nicodemus National Historic site.

The church's history goes back to less than 13 years after the Civil War, when more than 300 blacks left their home state of Kentucky for Kansas.

Arriving at their new home in Nicodemus, they brought with them their religious beliefs and strong faith in the Lord. They immediately had church services and began plans to build a church. The history of that church will be the focus of the program and exhibit Saturday. Historic photos will be on display at the Nicodemus Visitor Center throughout September.

Saturday's event is open to the public and will include a presentation by the Rev. Victor Williams, who will portray the Rev. Roundtree.

Photos of the church sanctuary will be on display, and Twillia Barry will detail the history of the Missionary Society.

Park Ranger Phyllis Howard will provide the history of the renovation of the historic Baptist church and future plans by the National Park Service.