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Black Jack Battlefield: The Story Continues Capital Campaign Fund

Black Jack is ready to make history again! We have raised 93% of our $2.1 million goal to build a visitor center and adjacent parking lot, and to restore the battlefield to tallgrass prairie, the way it was when the combatants took aim at each other
In the pre-dawn hours of June 2, 1856 – five years before Ft. Sumpter – Abolitionist John Brown led Free-State forces into battle against Pro-Slavery militiamen in the vast prairie landscape of southeast Douglas County. The Battle of Black Jack is now widely characterized as the first real battle of the Civil War, so historically significant that the site has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
As Black Jack has gained recognition, the number of visitors to the site has steadily increased, but there is no visitor center to accommodate the influx of guests who are interested in learning about Black Jack’s rich history. A visitor center will serve as a place for the community and school children to learn about Black Jack through exhibits. It will also allow visitors to take shelter during inclement weather.
Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park is a nonprofit committed to robustly fulfilling our educational mission, confident that the greater the number of visitors to Black Jack, the greater the economic development potential for surrounding communities. 
Although Black Jack is nationally recognized, it is unique in that it is privately owned by the Black Jack Trust. Our members, as stakeholders, have a direct voice in shaping Black Jack’s future. We have achieved our goals without direct federal dollars. More than 60% of our gifts and pledges have come from private donors and nonprofit organizations. Please consider making a pledge to help Black Jack continue its story. 

For more information: Contact Executive Director Dr. Johnathan Hart (785) 250-5120 executivedirector@blackjackbattlefield.org

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