FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A historical marker was unveiled Friday to commemorate Fayetteville’s first cemetery and the final resting place for several city, state and national leaders.
The Evergreen Cemetery on the corner of West Center Street and North University Avenue was once a family cemetery back in the mid 1800s.
But thanks to the work of dedicated Free Masons, it became a public gravesite for hundreds of notable Arkansans.
“A lot of the movers and shakers of Fayetteville are buried here. Some of the early mayors, you know, but Fayetteville has had a long tradition of having not only local impact, but national impact,” said Marilyn Heifner, president of the Evergreen Cemetery Association.
Some of the most notable figures buried at Evergreen Cemetery include the second Arkansas governor Archibald Yell, Sophia Sawyer, widely considered to have formed the basis of education in Fayetteville, as well as former U.S. senator J. William Fulbright.