Trump Declares Civil War Era Site Camp Nelson A National Monument

President Trump used his executive powers to designate a national monument, establishing a 380-acre site in Kentucky to honor African Americans’ role as soldiers during the Civil War.

Complete silence from the talking heads on the alphabet networks. I can already hear what the Left will say… “This only proves how racist President Donald Trump really is… only a racist wanting to cover their racism would build a monument to blacks….” or something like that!

 

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President Donald Trump on Friday used his executive powers for the first time to designate a national monument, establishing a 380-acre site in Kentucky to honor African-Americans’ role as soldiers during the Civil War.

The move won praise from local activists and conservationists but also criticism from several environmental groups, which noted Trump had used this same authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act last year to downsize two existing national monuments in Utah.

Republicans had pushed for more than a year to establish a national monument at Camp Nelson in Nicholasville, Ky., which served as one of the largest recruitment and training depots for United States Colored Troops. While Kentucky was the last state in the Union to allow the enlistment of African-American men, the camp sent 23,000 of the roughly 180,000 black troops who fought on the Union’s side during the Civil War.

“During the war, thousands of enslaved African Americans risked their lives escaping to Camp Nelson, out of a deep desire for freedom and the right of self-determination,” Trump declared in the proclamation he signed Friday.

Jim Fryer, a retired Navy senior chief petty officer and descendant of men who fought in the U.S. Colored Troops, said in a statement Saturday, “These are hallowed grounds here, let it be a park, let it remain a park.”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who last year recommended that Trump designate the site as a national monument, celebrated the announcement Saturday in an event in Kentucky attended by dozens of activists and Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr, R-Ky., who authored legislation to recognize it. More

The Black community has so much to be proud of in their American heritage. This story is just one of them. Another one is the Buffalo soldiers. They were some of the fiercest fighting Calvary units. Then you had the Tuskegee airmen. After training, they had been sent out on various missions. Basically, missions they shouldn’t have come back from. Yet they did. 

These are just 2 examples. There’s so many more so if the school systems would teach about these heroes instead of all the negativeness they would have a better lookout on their heritage.

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