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Trump Dedicates First National Monument, Honors African American Civil War Soldiers

In late October, President Donald J. Trump dedicated the first monument of his massively successful first term in office, and the dedication honored African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, hereby proclaim the objects identified above that are situated upon lands and interests in lands owned or controlled by the Federal Government to be the Camp Nelson National Monument,” said a Presidential Proclamation.

Camp Nelson in Jessamine County, Kentucky, was initially established as a Union Army supply depot and hospital, but became a key site for the emancipation of slaves during the Civil War, many of whom risked their lives to flee to the camp. It was also one of the largest Union Army recruitment centers for African American soldiers, then known as the United States Colored Troops.

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