Officials with planned US Marshals Museum announce $5 million anonymous gift

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FORT SMITH, Arkansas — Officials with the U.S. Marshals Museum have announced a $5 million from an anonymous donor.

Museum CEO and President Jim Dunn said in a news release that the donation is the largest received thus far. Museum board chairman Jim Spears said the museum has now raised $19.5 million.

The announcement comes less than a week before the planned Sept. 24 groundbreaking for the $50 million museum. The groundbreaking is scheduled to take place on the 225th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Fort Smith was selected as the site for the museum because of its frontier history and the museum is to be built on the banks of the Arkansas River overlooking Oklahoma where the marshals patrolled in what was then the Indian Territory.

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