FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Organizers hope that a public campaign will raise enough money to replace the crumbling tombstone of Arkansas’ first congressman.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the 10-foot-tall obelisk that marks Archibald Yell’s grave at the Fayetteville Evergreen Cemetery is deteriorating and crumbling into a fine, white powder.
During the past year, the cemetery association has raised about $13,000 of the $22,050 they need to construct and install a replica of Yell’s tombstone. Association members say they are launching a public campaign to raise the remaining money.
Yell was Arkansas’ first congressman in 1836 and second governor in 1840. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture says Yell County and Yellville in Marion County were named after him.
Yell died in 1847 at the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com