First Annual Sultana Heritage Festival

First Annual Sultana Heritage Festival

The first annual Sultana Heritage Festival in Marion, Arkansas held this past weekend was a success. With downpours and isolated flooding in the region, history buffs braved the uncertain forecast for what was a really good event in the way of remembering the tragedy that unfolded on the Mississippi River on April 27, 1865.

Seen in the photograph is Dr. Curt Fields as Lt. General U.S. Grant with his detail behind him. Living historians were on hand for photo opportunities and military drill and salute to the nearly two thousand souls lost aboard the Sultana.

Plans are being made for a new Sultana museum in the near future. The current museum, located near Military Road in Marion, is in the background of the photo.