Friday (10-1-10) and Saturday (10-2-10) at 7:00p.m.
The Tables are Turned: The 1886 United States Investigation of Fort Smith Deputy Marshals
On Friday, October 1st and Saturday, October 2nd at 7:00pm, the Fort Smith National Historic Site and Westerners International will offer an interpretive program in Judge Parker's courtroom. In 1886 the United States Marshal and his deputies were investigated by the Justice Department for corruption, bribery, fraud, and excessive expenses incurred by the Marshal's Office. The witness list was like a who's who of western history with Belle Starr, Frank Dalton, Heck Thomas, and James Mershon to name a few. Original sworn testimony will be used to create a picture of the investigation. Park Superintendent William Black says, "This will be a good opportunity to learn what it was really like to be a Deputy Marshal during Judge Parker's era." At the end of the program a jury picked from the audience will give their verdict on the fate of the marshal and deputies being investigated.
Participation in this event is limited and early reservations are recommended. The fee for the program in $5.00 per person and advance reservations are required. Call the park at 479-783-3961 to reserve seating.
Fort Smith National Historic Site is located in downtown Fort Smith along the Arkansas River. To access the parking lot from Garrison or Rogers Avenue, turn south on 4th Street and right on Garland Avenue.