The Friends of the Fort will present the September Night Court at the Fort Smith National Historic Site. Local volunteers will recreate the trial of Frank Carver, charged with the murder of Annie Maledon at 7pm on Friday, September 14 and 6pm on Saturday, September 15. Annie Maledon, the daughter of George Maledon who served as the hang- man for the Federal court under Judge Isaac C. Parker, lived a troubled life under the watchful eyes of Fort Smith citizens. Eventually, she chose to seek a new future with a young gambler from Muskogee.

Frank Carver was a man with big plans but little means who declared an unending devotion to Annie. Their troubled relationship lasted almost four years and ended when Annie was shot in the back on a dirt road in Indian Territory.

The law called it murder, but Frank insisted it was only a tragic accident. Will a modern jury selected from the Night Court audience agree with the original 1895 verdict?

Tickets for the September Night Court are $7 each and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited. You may call Floyd Robison, president of Friends of the Fort, at 479-831-9274 for information, or to purchase tickets. You may also email the group, or contact us through our facebook page.

The Friends of the Fort is a 501(c)3 organization working in partnership with the Fort Smith National Historic Site to preserve our history and present it accurately to the public.

Funds raised through Friends of the Fort activities are used to present future programs at the Fort Smith National Historic Site.