FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DECEMBER 23, 2014
FOR STATEWIDER ELEASE
ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION APPROVES FOUR NEW HISTORICAL MARKERS
LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved applications for Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers in Conway, Hempstead and Ashley counties, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.
The newly approved marker markers are:
* Conway County in the Civil War/Murder of John Clayton, sponsored by Plumerville United Methodist Church to commemorate the Union and Confederate troops raised in the county and the Reconstruction-era murder of a Republican politician; it will be located adjacent to the United Methodist Church in Plumerville
* Confederate State Capital, sponsored by Historic Washington State Park to commemorate Washington’s time as the Confederate seat of government; it will be located at the 1836 Hempstead County Courthouse in the park
* HempsteadC ounty in the Civil War, sponsored by the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation to commemorate Confederate troops and politicians from the county; it will be located in the Washington Cemetery
* Third Arkansas Infantry Regiment, sponsored by the Col. Francis Vivian Brooking Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, to commemorate a Confederate infantry unit raised in the area; it will be located at the Ashley County Courthouse in Hamburg.
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, Craighead, Crawford, Franklin, Fulton, Hot Spring, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Randolph, Sevier and Sharp.
To date, 99 markers in 58 counties have been approved. Marker applications are available at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/historical-markers/markers.aspx.
For more information on sesquicentennial plans, visit www.arkansascivilwar150.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.