Presidential also-ran museum in Norton Kansas…


Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s portrait is the most recent addition to the “They Also Ran Gallery,” above a bank lobby in Norton, Kan.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s portrait is the most recent addition to the “They Also Ran Gallery,” above a bank lobby in Norton, Kan.

Now this is my kind of museum – dedicated to losing politicians, people who fought the good fight and lost but lived to see another day with their portraits on the walls of a museum in Norton, Kansas – which I see is in northwest Kansas, not far from the only place I wanted to go to up there, the near ghost town of Nicodemus, where there once was a sizable black community.  Apparently it’s not really a museum, really a portrait gallery in a room at a local bank (The First State Bank.)Here’s info on the museum in Norton (which just hung the photo up of Mitt Romney) and of Nicodemus, billed as the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the post-Civil War Reconstruction. (Last I heard there wasn’t much left there.)

A formal photograph of a stoic Mitt Romney has been hung in a small portrait gallery in Norton, Kan. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor was not present for the unveiling. His campaign did not even supply the official image. But the community’s enthusiasm was undiminished. Norton is home to what is believed to be the only museum in America dedicated to presidential runners-up. Romney was taking his rightful place in a pantheon of losers. (Boston globe)

Nicodemus National Historic Site, located in Nicodemus, Kansas, United States, preserves, protects and interprets the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the American Civil War. The town of Nicodemus is symbolic of the pioneer spirit of African Americans who dared to leave the only region they had been familiar with to seek personal freedom and the opportunity to develop their talents and capabilities. The site was named for a legendary African-American slave who purchased his freedom.

Nicodemus in 1885

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