160th Anniversary of Camp Nelson

Friday July 12th, 2024 7:00 PM - Sunday July 14th, 2024 4:00 PM


In 1864, the US Army authorized the recruitment, enlistment, and training of African American soldiers at 8 centers in Kentucky. Camp Nelson became the largest US Colored Troops [USCT] recruiting center in the state and the third largest in the country, and a site of refugee for freedom seekers escaping slavery. Black enlistment set in motion’s Camp Nelson’s dramatic evolution from supply depot to “Birthplace of Liberty to Kentucky.”

The American Awakening Symposium: "Conflict, Courage, and Contradictions" marks the 160th Anniversary of Camp Nelson in 1864. The special commemoration features history presentations by scholars, NPS staff, and descendants, and is keynoted by the Slave Dwelling Project; guided tours; immersive living history demonstrations; and children's activities. All programs are free and open to the public.

Please visit the park website for the full schedule and lineup:

Event Location
Camp Nelson National Monument
6614 Danville Road Loop 2
Nicholasville, KY 40356