Now a new memorial exists near the place where the vanished Mankato monument once stood. Reconciliation Park features a statue of a white buffalo that marks the execution site along with a large “scroll” inscribed with the names of the 38 Dakota men who were executed there.
It was here on the morning of December 26th, 1862 that the 38 Dakota prisoners were hanged before a crowd of over 4000 citizens. As the nooses were tied around their necks, the 38 men snag a Dakota song before the floor below them fell away. It would be the single largest mass execution in U.S. history, ordered by Lincoln.
On that same day, last year in 2016, at 9am, the Dakota 38+2 Wokiksuye Riders made their way to Mankato, Minnesota to commemorate the hangings of the 38 Dakota and two others that occurred on December 26, 1862 – one day after Christmas.