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Thousands of slaves during the Civil War followed Union troops across Arkansas into what is now Helena-West Helena, where a new tribute to those freedom-seekers is to recall their plight.

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Arkansas, Pages 9 on 02/18/2013

Print Headline: In Helena, Freedom Park traces path of freed slaves

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  • Ragmop
    February 18, 2013 at 9:56 a.m.

    Helena was once a nice delta town. Years of political corrupt leadership and criminal drug activity has taken it's toll. There is new leadership now but there is much to overcome. Hopefully the Freedom Park project will be more successful in helping to restore the area than the disappointment of Fort Curtis.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    February 18, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.

    Food for thought:
    Richest President
    George Washington
    > Net worth: $525 million
    > In office: 1789 to 1797
    > 1st president

    His Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon, consisted of five separate farms on 8,000 acres of prime farmland, run by more than 300 slaves. His wife, Martha Washington, inherited significant property from her father. Washington made well more than subsequent presidents: his salary was 2% of the total U.S. budget in 1789.

  • Populist
    February 18, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.

    I can't wait to visit. Now, they need to close off streets to everything but bike and horse and buggy. Build a giant carousel, a giant fountain, and they are good to go as a tourist trap.

  • RaylanGivens
    February 18, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

    The best view of Helena/West Helena is when it is in your rear view mirror