Living History Event at Ft. Smith National Historic Site

The Fort Smith National Historic Site will host a reenactment of the 1886 Lee Gang murder trial today(March 28).

On March 20, 1886 the Lee Gang stood in court before Judge Isaac C. Parker, for the murder of four lawmen who died trying to arrest Jim and Pink Lee.

Back then it was believed the gang was also responsible for the murders of 40 people. The group was finally tracked down on Native American territory just across the Texas border.

“Someone can go and do research on the Lee gang and find out all about what happened themselves… but if you want it to be a surprise you can come here and see what happens”, said Jeremy Lynch with the Ft. Smith National Historic Site, “We do pick 12 people from the group that comes to attend and see this to sit on our jury, which is to my right, and they’ll get to sit here and we’ll let them make a decision based on what they heard, whether or not the men were guilty.”

The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. March 28, and at 6:00 p.m. March 29. Admission is $5.00 per adult.

Early reservation is required. For reservations call 479-226-3723.

 

 

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