Judge says Fort Smith violated state monument protection act by removing park display

FORT SMITH -- The Sebastian County Circuit Court determined the city violated state law after removing a historical flag display and bronze markers from Riverfront Park in April 2020.

Circuit Judge Gunner DeLay filed an order Monday stating the court found the city violated the Arkansas State Capitol and Historical Monument Protection Act concerning the Flags Over Fort Smith display. DeLay ordered the city to file a request for a waiver with the Arkansas History Commission by Oct. 14 to determine the disposition of the display.

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