Saturday, November 11th: 3rd Annual Luminaria and Memorial Walk (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
The NPS invites you to participate in the 3rd Annual Remembrance Memorial and Luminaria Walk to mark the anniversary of Camp Nelson’s largest expulsion.
On November 23, 1864, the US Army forcibly expelled 400 African American refugees from the camp during a winter storm, resulting in the deaths of 102 people. It was the eighth and largest expulsion of refugees from the base. The November Expulsion garnered national attention and led to the establishment of the Home for Colored Refugees at Camp Nelson. On March 3, 1865, Congress passed legislation emancipating the wives and children of US Colored Troops.
The special event will feature interpretive talks by NPS staff and special guests, and a guided-walk to Graveyard No. 1, where over 100 luminaries will be lit to honor the people expelled and other freedom seekers who sought refuge at Camp Nelson.
The event begins outside the park’s Visitor Center. The ½ mile walk will be conducted over paved roads and a mowed grass path. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes/boots and warm clothing, and bring flashlights.
Camp Nelson National Monument, the 418th unit of the National Park Service, is located six miles south of Nicholasville, KY on Highway 27 and directly north of the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
For more information, visit the park’s website at: www.nps.gov/cane or the park’s Facebook page at https:www.facebook.com/CampNelsonNPS.
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