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Trump Designates A New National Monument In Kentucky

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Trump Designates A New National Monument In Kentucky
The monument preserves Camp Nelson, a Civil War supply depot, hospital and recruiting center for African American soldiers.
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President Donald Trump dedicated a national monument, Friday, in Kentucky.

The new dedication protects Camp Nelson, a Civil War supply depot, hospital and recruiting center for African American soldiers.

This is the first time President Trump has used his executive powers to create a national monument. Back in February of 2018, he used those powers to shrink two national monuments in Utah.

The Associated Press reports there are some political implications to this designation. Rep. Andy Barr, who represents the district that includes Camp Nelson, is facing a tight race against his Democrat challenger, Amy McGrath. But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told the outlet this wasn't about giving Barr an election bump.

The new monument will consist of 380 acres of land which were donated to the federal government by Kentucky officials.