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5:56 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Walton Family Gives $2 Million To U.S. Marshals Museum In Arkansas

The U.S. Marshals Museum planned for Fort Smith has received a $2 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

Computer-generated image of the U.S. Marshals Museum entrance.
Credit http://www.usmarshalsmuseum.com/

The $50 million museum plans to break ground Sept. 24, 2014 - the 225th anniversary of when President George Washington established the marshals.

A commemorative coin honoring marshals will also go on sale then, too. Organizers said last month they expect coin sales to bring in $5 million.

Fort Smith was selected for the new marshals museum because of its frontier history. Outlaws and lawmen went through Fort Smith on travels into and out of Indian Territory before Oklahoma statehood.

Another marshals museum was located in Wyoming until 2002. The president and CEO of the museum, Jim Dunn, said Monday the Walton Family Foundation has been enthusiastic about the plan.