Camp founded with gift from former slave closes suddenly

EMPORIA – A¬†children’s camp that was the gift of a former slave has closed suddenly in Emporia after nearly eight decades of service.

Camp Alexander, named for its benefactor Edward Jones Alexander, gave last minute notice to parents of current and future campers yesterday. A brief posting on the camp’s Facebook page simply read that programs were closed as of Friday and thanked everyone for past support. The post also read “we apologize”. Questions are directed to the camp email address:

Another Facebook post just from this past Monday thanked donors for helping raise $2,000 for the camp. According to the camp mission statement, it is a safe place for children’s growth and enrichment in the great outdoors.

KVOE radio reports that the camp’s board of directors will meet Monday evening at 5:30 on Emporia State’s campus. Kansas First News has attempted to contact the camp via email and is awaiting a response.

Read more about the camp, including its founder, former slave E.J. Alexander here:




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