Civil War Era Site Camp Nelson Designated A National Monument

Camp Nelson in Kentucky became the 418th unit of the National Park System/NPS

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke applauded President Trump’s designation of Camp Nelson in Kentucky as a national monument and immediately drew criticism for the administration’s move to scale down the size of two national monuments in Utah.

The secretary, who announced the designation of Camp Nelson National Monument from his Washington office, was accused of being hypocritical for recognizing Camp Nelson’s role during the Civil War as an emancipation site and refugee camp for African Americans while ignoring calls by Native Americans to preserve Bears Ears National Monument, which they hold sacred, as President Obama had designated it.

“We wholeheartedly support designating national monuments that honor the…

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