HUMAN DISSECTION MONUMENT

Human Dissection Monument at MacArthur ParkThis obelisk stands about shoulder high on the grounds of the old Little Rock Armory, now MacArthur Park. General Douglas MacArthur was born on the first floor of that red brick building in the background. (He was not a general at the time, of course, but he was born here and became a general at a later date.) There's no comment to be made about this monument other than to note that all kinds of things get commemorated. Here's the text carved in the marble:

"THE FIRST HUMAN DISSECTION IN ARKANSAS WAS MADE ON THIS SPOT IN NOVEMBER 1874 BY JAMES H. LENOW, M.D., LITTLE ROCK, AND RICHARD S. VICKERY, M.D., U.S. ARMY... ERECTED BY THE ARKANSAS MEDICAL SOCIETY TO PERPETUATE THE EARLY HISTORY OF MEDICINE IN THE STATE MAY 12, 1927."

If you want to see other unusual Arkansas monuments, check out the Anglo-Saxon Birth Monument in Marianna or the Lindbergh Night Flight Monument in Lake Village or the Washington Monument Marble Memorial Monument in Dogpatch.

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