ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION APPROVES HEMPSTEAD COUNTY HISTORICAL MARKER
LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved an application for an Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker in Hempstead County, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.
The marker, which is sponsored by the Hempstead County Historical Society, will commemorate the Confederate fortifications at Dooley’s Ferry on the Red River and a later African American church and cemetery on the site. The marker will be placed south of Hempstead County Road west of Highway 29 South near Spring Hill.
Through the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program, the ACWSC works with local partners to help tell the stories of how the Civil War affected communities around the state. The Commission hopes that there will be at least one marker in each of the state’s 75 counties by the end of the commemoration in 2015. Counties that currently do not have Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers are Bradley, Calhoun, Hot Spring, Howard, Lawrence, Polk and Sharp.
To date, 124 markers in 68 counties have been approved. Marker applications are available at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/historical-markers/markers.aspx.
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is housed within the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.