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Memorial dedicated to 38 Dakota executed in 1862 unveiled in ceremony

January 5, 2013

A separate ceremony was held at nearby Land of Memories Park, where 40 doves were released in memory of those who were executed 150 years ago.
Story by Jeffrey S. Williams Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force   “The cold air is nothing compared to what happened on this day 150 years ago,” said David Brave Heart, Mankato Mdewankantonwan Association chairman, as hundreds of people braving single digit temperatures and a slight breeze lined up between the Blue Earth County Library and the nearby railroad tracks in Mankato, Minn., Dec. 26, 2012, for the unveiling of a new memorial to the memories of the 38 Dakota Indians who were hanged in the largest mass execution in United States history.  

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