Historical marker to be placed at Fayetteville’s Evergreen Cemetery

The Archibald Yell monument at Evergreen Cemetery.

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A new historical marker will be placed at Fayetteville’s Evergreen Cemetery in early October.

The marker is part of a new program by the Department of Arkansas Heritage, who will split the cost with the Fayetteville Evergreen Cemetery Association.

A ceremony to commemorate the event is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 at the cemetery. Fayetteville mayor Lioneld Jordan, Washington County Historical Society president Maylon Rice, A&P Director Molly Rawn, and Fayetteville Evergreen Cemetery Association president Marilyn Heifner will give remarks.

The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, and is the first public cemetery in Fayetteville. It opened in 1840 as a private family space, and was expanded to the public in 1870. It is home to a host of people of historical significance in Fayetteville, including Lessie Stringfellow Reed, William McIlroy, Archibald Yell, Roberta Fulbright, Lafayette Gregg, Albert Byrnes, and others.

For more information about the program, visit arkansasheritage.com.