Todd Guenther presents the "Empire Builders" (The History of Empire, Wyoming)

Todd Guenther presents the "Empire Builders" (The History of Empire, Wyoming)

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​Todd Guenther, Professor of Anthropology and History from Central Wyoming College, will be here to speak about the history of the community of Empire, WY. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us!

Todd Guenther, Professor of Anthropology and History from Central Wyoming College, will be here to speak about the history of the community of Empire, WY. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us!

John Quincy Adams expressed belief in the nation's manifest destiny with the words, "Westward the Star of Empire takes its way." He and the Founding Fathers believed that American pioneers would follow all the western trails and populate the continent. After the Civil War, tens of thousands of African Americans loaded up their wagons and joined the march of westbound emigrants. Many settled in the Platte Valley in central Nebraska, and from there some moved again to eastern Wyoming where they established a black homesteading community called Empire. The story of those families, the "Empire Builders," contradicts all the stereotypes and is a fascinating but seldom-told chapter of Equality State history.


Posted on: Wednesday January 24, 2018 @ 1:39 PM

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