State Capitol Gift Shop
The State Capitol Gift Shop is located on the first floor of the Capitol. Offering Arkansas and Arkansas made products, the Gift Shop is open Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. For more information call 501-682-3593.
2017 Capitol Christmas Ornament
In 1985, the 75th Arkansas General Assembly approved a measure, introduced by State Representative Art Givens, authorizing a Capitol monument honoring Arkansas’s law enforcement officers who had lost their lives in the line of duty. Act 964 created a committee made up of representatives of law enforcement agencies, professional associations and the Secretary of State’s office, which would select a design and site for the memorial, develop criteria for inclusion and solicit and accept funds for its construction.
The project began in earnest in 1987 with announcement of a statewide design competition and fund-raising events. Several sites were considered, including the mall due north of the Capitol, the east promenade and within the Rotunda. Fund raising proved slow, however, and the project remained stalled for several years.
In 1993, the project was revived. A site due south of the Capitol was approved by the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission and an elegant, straightforward design was created by architect Chris Dimon of Burt Taggart & Associates. Ground was broken on October 23, 1993 and the monument took shape speedily, aided by many firms supplying expertise and materials either as in-kind contributions or at cost.
The completed monument was dedicated one year later, on October 23, 1994. It consists of a circular concrete plaza with a flagpole at its center. It is surrounded to the north by a boxwood hedge and to the south by a semicircle of 29 precast concrete plinths. Twenty-eight of them bear black marble plaques upon which are engraved the names of Arkansas peace officers who have died in the line of duty. One, located at the middle of the semicircle, bears an elegiac poem composed by Anita Layne Riley, widow of one whose name is found on the marble tablets.
When the monument was dedicated, it bore 149 names; as of 2017, those remembered stands at 229. The names are given without rank or indication of affiliation, reminding visitors that all officers were and remain equal, comrades in vocation, sacrifice, and memory.
(Ornaments from previous years available as well)