Our news partners at KNWA report on a demonstration begun Sunday on the square in Bentonville — a woman dressed as Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist who worked to free slaves, to protest the statue of a Confederate soldier there.
Sheree Miller started her protest at 6 a.m. on Sunday and said she intends to remain there until the same time on Monday to raise awareness for efforts to move the Confederate Memorial Statue located at the center of the Bentonville Square.
A leading member of the ‘Shame of Bentonville’ Facebook group, Miller, a former DHS employee, and juvenile officer, said the monument has been “a sore spot for me for the 25 years I’ve lived here.”
The statute is one of many produced in volume by backers of the lost cause movement of the early 20th Century. It was installed in 1908 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It’s a generic soldier, but a plaque was added in 1914 to honor James Berry, a Confederate soldier and former governor and U.S. senator who’d helped pay for the statue, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.