Little Rock – The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will host a program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Roy L. Wilson, a seventh-generation resident of Grant County and an award-winning teacher, will present the story of the Civil War battle, which was part of the Camden Expedition, at the museum located at 503 East 9th St. This free event is open to the public, and is a sanctioned program of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Wilson will discuss the decisions and people that caused the battle to occur when and how it did. Pictures of the battle’s location in the Saline River bottoms and individual stories of participants will be highlighted. In his 40th year in education, Wilson has taught various American and Arkansas history and government classes. He has received numerous national and state teaching awards, including Walmart Arkansas Teacher of the Year and Grant County Teacher of the Year. Wilson currently works as the gifted and talented and Advanced Placement coordinator for the Sheridan School District. His book, Sheridan and Grant County, was published in 2012 in the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing.
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History relates the military heritage of Arkansas and its citizens to a diverse and widespread audience. Located in the historic Arsenal Building in MacArthur Park – one of Central Arkansas's oldest surviving structures and the birthplace of one of the country's foremost military heroes – the museum collects, preserves, and interprets the state's rich military past from its territorial period to the present. For more information call 501-376-4602 or visit the museum website at www.ArkMilitaryHeritage.com. The museum is a program of Little Rock Parks and Recreation.