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List asked to oust Confederate statue

LR commission endorses state request by Rachel Herzog | November 6, 2020 at 3:22 a.m.

The Little Rock Historic District Commission approved a request to move to delist from the National Register of Historic Places a Confederate monument that was removed from MacArthur Park.

The bronze statue of a Confederate soldier, known as "Memorial to Company A, Capitol Guards," was added to the register in 1996, having been placed at the park in 1911. Mayor Frank Scott Jr. ordered the monument's removal in June after its base was splashed with gallons of varnish.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, filed the request to delist the monument. Listing on the National Register of Historic Places is an honorary designation that does not protect a site from being changed.

Brian Minyard, urban designer for the city, said during Thursday's commission meeting that it was doubtful the statue would ever be reinstated at that location.

As of Thursday, the city was still working with the state to decide on a new place for the statue, according to Minyard. It has been placed in a temperature-controlled storage unit.

In other business Thursday, the commission approved two nominations to the National Register of Historic Places: Oak Forest Methodist Church at 2415 S. Fair Park Blvd. and the Newbill-Porter House at 3900 Lookout St.

The commission also approved the construction of a new, universally accessible playground in MacArthur Park. The city is still in the fundraising phase for that project.


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