We had long-standing plans to spend this weekend in southern MN, and with our recent RCHS field trip and the MHS field trip approaching, I thought it would be interesting to make a quick side trip to the Dakota Massacre execution site along the Minnesota River in Mankato and see how the events were commemorated and interpreted right there where it happened. There are two small memorials, one in a small plaza called Reconciliation Park, and another alongside the Blue Earth County Library building across the street (according to the plaque, this was the actual site of the executions).
(Click on any of the photos to see the whole thing -- the image uploader on this blog crops the thumbnails kind of strangely.)
Mankato execution site memorial
Reconciliation Park, Mankato