Lawrence, Conway County Civil War 150 Markers Approved

28-Aug-2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AUGUST 28, 2015

FOR STATEWIDE RELEASE

ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION APPROVES THREE HISTORICAL MARKERS

LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved applications for Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers in Lawrence and Conway counties, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.

The approved markers are:

* Lawrence County in the Civil War, commemorating the men from the county who served in the Civil War and skirmishes in the area. Sponsored by the City of Smithville, the marker will be placed in front of the Smithville City Hall

* Skirmish near Smithville, commemorating a June 17, 1862, military action. Sponsored by the Smithville Cemetery Board, the marker will be placed at the Smithville Cemetery

* Lewisburg in the Civil War, commemorating events at Lewisburg during the war and Reconstruction. Sponsored by the Lewisburg Cemetery Fund, the marker will be placed at the Lewisburg Cemetery in Morrilton.

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 Howard, Polk and Sharp.

To date, 133 markers in 72 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 acwsc@arkansasheritage.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.

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