As a piper played "Amazing Grace," a respectful crowd gathered Thursday afternoon at Kirkpatrick Cemetery off Arkansas 5 North in Bryant for a ceremony to dedicate the hallowed spot that had fallen victim to neglect and was nearly lost from history.
The Bryant Historical Society hosted the ceremony that resulted from the efforts of Bryant Alderman Steve Gladden, a past president of the society, and other society members.
The current generation of the Kirkpatrick family was unaware of the cemetery's existence, according to Patsy Kirkpatrick Kuhn, who participated in the event.
The board that oversees the ArkansasÂ StateÂ Fair accepted a $3 million offer from Little Rock on Thursday to keep the event in the capital city, though board members said they would have preferred to move but just didn't have the money.
Birch Tree Communities, a certified, nonprofit program that offers support and assistance to adults with mental health disease, recently opened the Birch Lane Apartments for members of its New Beginnings program.
The supervised living complex, which consists of 10 units, was completed mid-April and residents began moving in May 1. Each apartment is one unit of a duplex; each 560-square-foot home includes a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath, according to Sandy White, Birch Tree associate director of program.