Bentonville

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The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Review Board approved the move of a controversial Confederate monument in Bentonville to a nearby private park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 for commemorating Confederate Veterans and their cause, the statue was installed and is owned by James H. Berry Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. 

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Local Black Lives Matter activists organized a second protest on the Bentonville downtown square this weekend after an initial protest a week ago ended in law enforcement deploying tear gas on protesters. During this lastest protest, Bentonville Police Chief Jon Simpson joined protesters in a moment of silence for George Floyd, whose death has sparked BLM rallies across the region and the country.

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More than a thousand people gathered on the Bentonville square Monday evening to protest the murder of George Floyd by a former Minneapolis police officer and the killings of other black men by white law enforcement officers. The protest began peacefully, but tensions escalated after sunset and police repeatedly used tear gas to disperse protesters, who are accused of throwing water bottles and rocks at officers, as well as vandalizing two police vehicles.

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The Arkansas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which own the Confederate soldier monument on the Bentonville square, has reached an agreement with the Benton County Historical Society to relocate the statue to a private park that will be named after James H. Berry. The process of moving the monument, which was placed on the square in 1908, will begin in August.

Courtesy / Two Friends Books

The owners of Two Friends Books recently announced they're moving out of their pop-up space at Airschip Coffee to their own brick and mortar location in downtown Bentonville. The indpendent bookstore will be located in a 300-square-foot space on the corner of SW 7th and SW B Streets.

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