A somber ceremony is planned in Mankato today (WED) to mark the 150th anniversary of the executions of 38 Dakota Indian men following the US-Dakota War. The largest mass execution in US history marked the official end of the war on December 26, 1862. A group of Dakota runners from Fort Snelling and another group arriving from South Dakota on horseback will rendezvous at the site of the hanging: Mankato’s Reconciliation Park. This year’s annual ceremony is expected to be especially particularly emotional, with a new memorial bearing the names of the 38 Dakota warriors being unveiled. The 150th anniversary of the war has focused attention on the conflict and its legacy all year. Brown County and New Ulm held a series of events and seminars to commemorate the war and its effect on the local area, and there have been numerous new museum exhibits on display throughout the year, including in New Ulm, Mankato, and at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Today’s ceremony at Mankato’s Reconciliation Park begins at 10am.
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