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Black Pioneers: Roberts Family Settlement in 1836

Experience the moment of arrival from North Carolina following the original settlers’ purchases of tracts of land in the northwest section of Hamilton County.

On Saturdays in September, come experience the premiere of a new play, Black Pioneers: Roberts Settlement in 1836, along with a supplementary exhibition and live interpretation. Hear the story of free people of color who emigrated to Hamilton County from North Carolina in the 1830s. These pioneers bought land from the US Government and established a thriving settlement among Quaker neighbors. The short play for ages 8 and up will take place at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. at the end of Prairietown past the Curtis house. The play focuses on the moment of arrival from North Carolina following the original settlers’ (Hansel and Elijah Roberts, Micajah Walden) purchases of tracts of land in the northwest section of Hamilton County.

Interact with exhibit elements including a specially produced video with historic images from Roberts Settlement families, interspersed with images from current Roberts Settlement descendants. Talk with an interpreter about the Roberts settlement history and explore maps, timelines, historic papers, to learn about the experience of free people of color moving west in the early 19th century.

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Black Pioneers: Roberts Family Settlement in 1836