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Justice in Jacksonport 1889: Murder on the Little Rock Express coming Nov. 16

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jacksonport State Park will host Justice in Jacksonport 1889: Murder on the Little Rock Express on Saturday, Nov. 16. This trial is based on actual events that occurred in Newport. It was held in the courthouse at Jacksonport in 1889. The present-day trial is being held in the same room.

A southern-style supper will be served as guests will take part in a living history drama involving railroad porter Andrew Crittenden, who was shot dead by passenger David Whitfield. Through the role-playing of the defendant, witnesses, lawyers, and jurors, guests will determine the fate of the accused.

Admission is $25 per person. Advance registration is required for this event. The deadline to register is 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14. This event is limited to a minimum of 30, and a maximum of 50 participants. It also has full accessibility for visitors with disabilities. Please call the park for more information about accessibility.

For more information, please contact the park staff at Jacksonport State Park, 111 Avenue St., Newport, or telephone: (870) 523-2143. To email, use this address:

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