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Old State House Museum –
State House Museum is located downtown Little Rock, between Robinson
Convention Center and the State House Convention Center.
Address: 300 West Markham Street, Little
Rock, Arkansas 72201.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
In 1837, Speaker of the House, John
Wilson, stabbed to death Rep. Anthony after one too many heated discussions
between the two, right after they had fisti-cuffs on the floor of the
August chamber. Though Wilson was acquitted of murder because it was
an "excusable homicide," his political career was in tatters,
and he was a broken man.
Also, in 1872, President Grant had
to step in with officers to restore the rightfully elected governor,
Elisha Baxter, to office, after the loser of this gubernatorial election,
Joseph Brooks, forcibly removed Baxter from the state house chambers.
An apparition of a man dressed in a
19th century coat frock is seen walking down the aisles of the Central
Hall on the second floor.
The apparition is thought to be
the ghost of John Wilson, who had died a broken, unhappy man, who never
got over his ruined political career. He goes about his business, perhaps
trying to make up for lost time.
Or perhaps, the deposed Joseph Brooks
is trying to make a come back, or is reliving his brief victory over
the electoral process which turned against him and elected his political
rival, Elisha Baxter.
This apparition is still