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Photographer: Donna Morgan
City of Residence: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Sculpture and Fort Smith location:
Reynolds Memorial, Oak Cemetery

Reynolds Memorial, sculpture
Artist: Unknown, sculptor
Date: Dedicated 1920           
Medium: Sculpture: marble; Base; granite
Located: Oak Cemetery,
1401 S. Greenwood Ave., Fort Smith, Arkansas

This marble sculpture sits on a granite base, is 67 inches by 40 inches by 18 inches. On the front of the base is incised: Lest We Forget.

The sculpture is mounted on a rectangular gravestone base that marks the burial site of Captain James E. Reynolds, and is placed directly behind two above-ground crypts.

Capt. James E. Reynolds commissioned the sculpture in tribute to the women of the Confederacy.  It rests about his grave.  Capt. Reynolds was born July 17, 1837 at Granada, Mississippi.  He enlisted in the Consecrate Army in 1861, and participated in the Battle of Bull Run under Stonewall Jackson.  He enlisted in the Army of Tennessee in 1862, and fought in the battle of Perryville on Sept.14th.  He fought in the battle of Murfreesboro, and was promoted to Second Lt. for meritorious conduct on the battle field.  He fought in the battle of Lookout Mountain, making Captain for his action in this battle.  At the battle of New Hope Church Station, while trying to stop Sherman on his march of destruction through Georgia to Atlanta, he was wounded in the leg, preventing him form further military action.

He and his wife, Felicity Long Turnbull, a member of the Choctaw Tribe, came to the Choctaw nation and settled near Skulleyville in  1867.  He acquired large holdings in the Braden Bottoms of the Poteau River.  He was called the first capitalist to develop coal mining in Pittsburg County.  He established his home at Cameron in 1887, building the palatial residence now called “Old Castle” or “Captains Castle,” in Cameron in 1890.  He established a fruit industry in the area with a shipment of peaches to Liverpool, England in 1903.  He laid out and established the Arkoma townsite in 1911 with street car service to Fort Smith.  He died in July of 1920, and his wife died in October of 1920.  They are buried at Oak Cemetery in Fort Smith, where the tomb is marked with statuary carved in Italy, portraying a wounded soldier supported by two young ladies.  That had been his personal experience after receiving wounds at New Hope, Georgia in 1864.  He had been left on the battle field thought to be fatally injured and was discoverer by the two daughters of his commanding officer. 

From “The Proud Heritage of Le Flore County,” by Henry Peck.

1st Runner Up
Linda Bedwell

Van Buren, Arkansas
Stiles Memorial, Forest Park Cemetery

Stiles Memorial, sculpture
Artist: Unknown, sculptor
Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917, sculptor,
(copy after)
Date: Dedicated 1977
Medium: Sculpture: marble; Foundation: marble
Located: Forest Park Cemetery,
west side, North 50th Street & Midland Blvd.,
Fort Smith, Arkansas

2nd Runner Up
Sandi Teague
Greenwood, Arkansas
Sphinx, Masonic Temple

Sphinx, sculpture
Artist: Mann, George R., architect
  Walker, Gordon, contractor
  Haralson and Nelson, architectural firm
Date: Dedicated 1929
Medium: Concrete
Located: Fort Smith Masonic Temple,
200 North 11th and Grand Ave.,
Fort Smith, Arkansas

A pair of Egyptian sphinxes flank the entrance stairs to Fort Smith Masonic Hall. Each sphinx has a lion’s body with a human face topped by an Egyptian headpiece that hangs down on each side. The eyes are closed and there is an aura of serenity to each sphinx. Each sphinx is mounted on a short base decorated with a geometric design.