Confederate Veterans

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Two students at the University of Arkansas, one an undergrad and the other a doctoral candidate, are working on theses that explore the legacies of the Bentonville and Fayetteville chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in the region.

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Fort Smith and Sebastian County government leaders have entered into discussions with the Arkansas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy regarding to the future of a Confederate monument that stands on the grounds of the county courthouse. The conversations started after the UDC announced it would be moving another Confederate monument that had stood on the Bentonville downtown square.

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A proposal by Eureka Springs City Council Member Harry Meyer to strictly limit Confederate flag decorations in the town cemetery was met by angry opposition at a cemetery commission meeting last week. The proposal aims to stop a Neo-Confederate group from placing permanent Confederate flags on Confederate veterans' graves. 

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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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The Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ Seaborn Jones Cotten Camp 2303 Eureka Springs has for several years placed permanent Confederate flags on the graves of Confederate Veterans in Eureka Springs Cemetery without permission. The city cemetery commission this winter has set certain limits, but a city councilman, with concerned residents, aim to pass a strict rule.

 

Michael Tilley with our partner Talk Business and Politics gives us an update on the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the River Valley and what that has meant for local high school graduations. He also tells us about an upcoming discussion between city and county officials regarding a Confederate monument outside the Sebastian County Courthouse in Fort Smith.

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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.

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Last month, the Eureka Springs Cemetery Commission took measures to control grave decorations, after a flurry of Confederate flags have, for years, been permanently placed on dozens of graves by a local commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Carroll County. The new rules, according to a resident who raised alarm about the Confederate flags, is vastly inadequate.