Friday, December 25, 2015

December 26

On December 26, 1862 38 Dakota Indians were hanged in Mankato, the largest mass execution in U.S. History. In 2012 a memorial was dedicated in Mankato, Minnesota’s Reconciliation Park near a white limestone buffalo that marks the spot where 38 Dakota men were hanged the day after Christmas 153 years ago. We must not forget what happened.

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This drawing is a depiction of the execution of the 38 Native Americans who were hung in a mass hanging in 1862 in Mankato, Minn. (Drawing by W.H. Childs from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper 1863)

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