FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 19, 2015
FOR STATEWIDE RELEASE
ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION APPROVES TWO HISTORICAL MARKERS
LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved applications for Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers in Lonoke and Washington counties, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.
The approved markers are:
* Austin in the Civil War, commemorating military activities in and near the town in Lonoke County. Sponsored by the Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table, the marker will be placed at the old Austin United Methodist Church on Ray Sowell Road
* Camps at Elm Springs, commemorating Confederate camps in the Washington County town prior to the Battle of Pea Ridge. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Elm Springs, the marker will be placed on Water Avenue in downtown Elm Springs.
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. To date, 141 markers have been approved, with at least one in each of Arkansas’s 75 counties.
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.