The First U.S. Colored Troops Recruits at Camp Nelson were honored during a dedication ceremony for a Kentucky Historical Highway Marker on Feb. 4 at Constitution Square Historic Site.
On May 23, 1864, nearly 250 black men — most of them slaves — left Boyle County to march to Camp Nelson to enlist in the Union Army. When the recruits reached camp, Union Col. Andrew Clark initially refused to accept them because no policy allowed for the recruitment of slaves.
Although a few local slave owners tried to reclaim some of the men, the recruits were accepted into the army, causing a Union policy change that allowed able-bodied black men, including slaves, to enlist. More than 5,000 blacks were eventually recruited at Camp Nelson.
The marker was unveiled by the 12th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery Regiment from Camp Nelson. James Hunn gave the dedication address.
Other guest speakers included: Boyle County Judge-Executive Harold McKinney; Danville Mayor Bernie Hunstad; State Rep. Mike Harmon; State Sen. Tom Buford; Steve McBride, site archaeologist, Camp Nelson Education and Preservation Foundation; and Stuart Sanders, professional services administrator for the Kentucky Historical Society.
Diabetes class to be held today in Nicholasville
The Jessamine County Health Department will sponsor a diabetes self-management training from 9 to 11 a.m. today at 215 East Maple Street, Nicholasville. The class will explain diabetes medicines, high and low blood sugars, monitoring, foot care, long-term complications, healthy eating habits and more. The classes are offered through the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. Call (859) 885-4149, Ext. 1027 to register for the class.
Musicians to hold Valentine Jam Friday
Pianist Jay Flippin, along with musicians Brice Farrar, Bob Hackett and Dave McWhorter, will present a public Valentine Jam from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Wilmore Senior Community Center at Wesley Village, 1125 Lexington Road in Wilmore. For more information, call Alan at (859) 858-3865, Ext. 238.
Bracelet workshop slated for Saturday at library
Create your own layered button bracelet at the Crafty Teen Workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jessamine County Public Library, 600 South Main Street, Nicholasville. Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome. Register at Jesspublib.org or by calling (859) 885-3523.