The History of Bentonville's Confederate Monument as Some Call for Its Removal

Aug 23, 2017

The Confederate soldier statue on the downtown square in Bentonville was put there in 1908. Following the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month, a local group called Ozark Indivisble started a petition calling for the monument's removal. That petition spurred another petition declaring support for keeping the monument. The statue was put up more than 40 years after the Civil War at a time when Arkansas and many other southern states were erecting Confederate monuments. We speak with historian Rebecca Howard, who grew up in Bentonville and is now an assistant professor of history at Lone Star College Montgomery, about that period of time in Northwest Arkansas when the monument in Bentonville was installed. To read more about the dedication ceremony for the statue, click here, and to read more about the history of Confederate monuments in Arkansas, click here.