Budget Reduced For U.S. Marshals Museum

Staff leaders with the U.S. Marshals Museum told the museum’s board they were able to reduce the budget for the planned facility and the amount to raise is now down to around $17.9 million.

The museum board, which held its quarterly meeting Tuesday in Fort Smith, also approved moving ahead with a design of the “Mounted Statue of the Native Light Horseman.” The statue will be placed on the grounds of the U.S. Marshals Museum and paid for by the Five Civilized Tribes. Museum staff will now work with the tribes’ leadership on details related to statue installation.

In January 2007, the U.S. Marshals Service selected Fort Smith as the site for the national museum. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in September 2015 on a site near the Arkansas River in downtown Fort Smith, and museum officials initially hoped to have the facility open by late 2017. Fundraising delays have pushed the opening date of the estimated 50,000-square-foot facility to September 2019.    MORE

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