Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dedication of Statue to Bass Reeves

Statue Honoring Bass Reeves Now Stands in Ft. Smith Arkansas Near the Arkansas River
My recent trip to Arkansas was filled with multiple events from a preservation conference, to an historic dedication.  The most exciting part of the trip was the opportunity to attend the dedication of a statue honoring US Deputy Marshall Bass Reeves.

This man, whose name should be a  household name, is finally being honored.  He served out of the court of Judge Isaac C. Parker, and his record was an amazing one.

Under a warm late spring sun, the statue was unveiled and dedicated, and I was honored to be there to watch the city honor a many whose legacy has been overlooked for more than 100 years.  The city finally honored him, and his legacy is now being embraced.   

The experience of being there was special and to see a city that had come from a unique sh history to truly embrace the history of this man .  I took photos and captured a small amount of film footage as well, and have put it into a brief video of the events of that day.

I gladly share it here.

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