Iowa's Black Pioneers

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Learn about Iowa's Black pioneers, who arrived in the state from 1830-1900. These pioneers included enslaved and free people—farmers, miners, and many others.

This presentation will be led by Ricki King, a certified genealogist and founder of Roots to Branches Genealogy, which specializes in forensic genealogy (identifying unknown heirs, etc.). Ricki is also the Vice President of the Iowa Historical Foundation and was instrumental in changing state law to allow death records to be opened after 50 years.



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