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Helena progressing toward Civil War tourist destination by Jack Myers, Education Coordinator at the Delta Cultural Center, Helena. (Part 2)

February 19, 2012 By: admin Category: Arkansas in the Civil War, Preservations, The Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Arkansas In The Civil War

Where U.S. 49-B joins the Old Little Rock Road about a mile north of the Welcome Center, visitors will be on the most likely route traveled by Union General Curtis as he and his “Grand Army of the Southwest” entered Helena on July 12, 1862. Here, the groundwork has started on construct of Freedom Park, a four-acre, interpretive space commemorating the arrival of Union Forces and the hundreds of “Contraband” refugees who fled to the protection of the army for safety and their first taste of freedom. This event is deemed so significant to African-American history that the National Park Service has designated the spot as a key Underground Railroad site. Ground will be broken in March, 2012, with a scheduled completion in 2013 when the Delta Cultural Center will assume management responsibilities. This is also the area where modern Civil War tourists will be directed to other areas of interest by means of new attractive signage and over one hundred wayside interpretive panels, twenty-five of which are now in place.


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Confederate Memorial Park- Helena, AR

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Because of the valiant support of dedicated individuals across the globe, the money has been raised for the purchase of Confederate Memorial Park in Helena, Arkansas.

We have taken a rare opportunity for the Sons of Confederate Veterans to own a core piece of battlefield and made it a reality! Located in Helena, Arkansas directly across from Fort Curtis and to the side of a Civil War era home (Moore-Hornor Home), both properties of which are maintained by the State of Arkansas (Delta Cultural Center) is approximately an acre of core battlefield that backs up to the site where General Price's troops made an attack on Fort Curtis on July 4, 1863.

On March 15, 2013 the General Executive Committee of the Sons of Confederate Veterans met in Biloxi, MS. At this meeting it was decided that the property will be donated to the SCV- This is a much-needed heritage victory in the Delta!

Your support is greatly needed!
Mail a check or money order today to:

Seven Generals Camp #135
PO Box 409
Helena, AR 72342

Your donation is tax-deductable!

Your donations are welcome for the maintenance of the property! Donate today!


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