Downtown Little Rock’s Post Office became the “Sidney Sid Sanders McMath Post Office Building” Friday, in honor of the 34th governor of the state.
Lawmakers, church leaders, family, and friends packed the 2nd floor of the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History to remember and honor Governor Sid McMath.
A veteran of World War II, and fan of the history museum, he held his 90th birthday party in the very room hosting the naming dedication ceremony. Congressman Tim Griffin remembers it vividly, saying "he had amazing gifts, but more importantly he used those gifts for service."
As Governor, McMath was a proponent of civil rights, voting rights, and improving the economic infrastructure of the state by improving roads and commissioning Arkansas’s first medical center.
While he served as a Major General in the Marine Corps Reserve and founded the McMath Law firm, his son, Phillip McMath, remembers him as someone people can look up to.
"Not only was dad a hero but not only was a hero, but perhaps more importantly he made people believe in heroes," said McMath.
Postmaster John Tolliver, master of ceremonies, unveiled a new sign for the post office, reading “This building is named in honor of Sidney ‘Sid’ Sanders McMath”.