Memorial to Company A, Capitol Guards

Coordinates: 34°44′18″N 92°15′54″W / 34.73833°N 92.26500°W / 34.73833; -92.26500
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Memorial to Company A, Capitol Guards
Memorial to Company A, Capitol Guards is located in Arkansas
Memorial to Company A, Capitol Guards
Memorial to Company A, Capitol Guards is located in the United States
Memorial to Company A, Capitol Guards
LocationMacArthur Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
Coordinates34°44′18″N 92°15′54″W / 34.73833°N 92.26500°W / 34.73833; -92.26500
Arealess than one acre
Built1911 (1911)
SculptorRudolph Schwarz
Architectural styleClassical Revival
Part ofMacArthur Park Historic District (ID77000269)
MPSCivil War Commemorative Sculpture MPS
NRHP reference No.96000451[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 26, 1996
Designated CPJuly 25, 1977
Removed from NRHPMay 12, 2021

The Memorial to Company A, Capitol Guards was an American Civil War memorial in MacArthur Park, Little Rock, Arkansas. It stood just northeast of the former Tower Building of the Little Rock Arsenal, at a junction of two of the park's internal roadways. It consisted of a bronze sculpture depicting a Confederate Army soldier in a defensive stance, holding a rifle pointed forward. The statue was 8 feet (2.4 m) in height, and was mounted in a granite column 16 feet (4.9 m) tall. The memorial was sometimes known as "Lest we forget", a line that appeared near the top of the inscription on the base. The statue was created by sculptor Rudolph Schwarz, and was installed in 1911; it was paid for by the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and memorializes the unit that seized the arsenal at the outset of the war.[2]

The memorial was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, and was delisted in 2021.[1] The statue was removed in June 2020 following the George Floyd protests.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Memorial to Company A, Capitol Guards" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  3. ^ Simpson, Stephen (June 21, 2020). "Arkansas statues fall, raising fresh debate". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved April 28, 2021.