Arkansas Supreme Court

Arkansas Supreme Court

The Arkansas Supreme Court convened in the Old State House for more than 70 years before moving to the new Capitol in 1912. Now, on Friday, Aug. 28, the Old State House Museum is opening the “Arkansas Supreme Court” exhibit that tells the stories of this historical period.

This new permanent exhibit explores the role the court played in Arkansas’s political, economic and social landscape. Six interpretative panels explain the court’s sometimes colorful history, including involvement in the Brooks-Baxter War and a deadly duel between judges. Visitors can also read reproductions of historic rulings or watch a video that gives context and background to the court’s activities.

The Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society, the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, the Old State House Museum Associates and the Arkansas Bar Foundation made this exhibit possible. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and a grant from the Arkansas Natural Cultural Resources Council.