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ANGELA BATES

A Biographical Sketch


Also the web sites for Nicodemus are http://Nicodemuskansas.com & Nicodemus National Historic Site.
 

Angela is a descendent of the settlers whom in 1877 established the historic all African American town of Nicodemus, Kansas.  Angela was reared in Pasadena, California after her parents moved there in the 1950’s.  After graduating from high school, Angela moved to Kansas where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Emporia State University in 1975. 

She married and moved to Washington, D.C. where she held a top secret clearance, and worked in the research and development field, developing and analyzing educational and training programs for the military.  In 1979, Angela opened AJ Design Associates, an interior design firm. She operated the firm until she moved to Denver, Colorado in 1984, where she then worked as an interior designer for JC Pennies. 

In 1988 she organized and became the first president of the Nicodemus Historical Society.  In 1990, she moved to Nicodemus where since she has dedicated her efforts to preserve and interpret the history of Nicodemus.  She is responsible for Nicodemus becoming a National Historic Site (National Park Service), and has received many awards for her efforts. 

In 2005 she received a Life Time Achievement Award for her efforts at Nicodemus.    She established the Nicodemus Historical Society Museum at Nicodemus and the society’s archives at the University of Kansas – Kansas Collection, Spencer Research Library. 

She operates her own tour company providing educational and personal tours at Nicodemus.  She is a professional speaker and travels the country speaking to audiences about Nicodemus and the African American experience.  Her audiences include students and faculty at schools, colleges, universities, public and private organizations.  She also provides public performances depicting African American women in the West, particularly ‘Stage Coach Mary Fields’

She has appeared on many TV show including, Good Morning America, Sunday Today, to name a few.  When she is not traveling the country, she works as the executive director of the Nicodemus Historical Society writes curriculum, sells real estate and substitute teaches.  She is a mother of one adult son, Terry Jukes Jr., and resides in the town of Bogue, five miles from here home town of Nicodemus.

Also the web sites for Nicodemus are
Nicodemuskansas.com & Nicodemus National Historic Site.

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