Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Few people know that the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history occurred in Marion, Arkansas, at the end of the Civil War. Over 1,800 people were killed on the Mississippi River after the steamboat Sultana exploded and sank. The Sultana was hauling civilians and recently released Union POWs, and its sinking resulted in more casualties than the Titanic.  

A Republican lawmaker from Northwest Arkansas introduced a bill in the Arkansas House (HB1780) that would designate April 27th as “Sultana Disaster Remembrance Day” to commemorate Arkansas’s role in the disaster. It would not be a legal holiday, but would be commemorated by an issuance of an appropriate proclamation by the governor. The bill had overwhelming bipartisan support, and thankfully passed by a vote of 88-1.  



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