Hattie Caraway Gravesite Being Considered for National Historic Register

JONESBORO, AR - The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will consider the Jonesboro grave site of U.S. Senator Hattie Caraway of Arkansas for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Jonesboro's Oaklawn Cemetery is the final resting place for Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate.

"Caraway was raised by parents of modest means and became, by a series of serendipitous events, a noteworthy woman, Arkansan and United States Senator," the National Register nomination says.  "Located within Oaklawn Cemetery in Jonesboro, the cemetery is important as the last extant historic resource in the state of Arkansas associated with this significant woman.

Senator Caraway made her home in Jonesboro.

Other northeast Arkansas properties to be considered for registration to the National Register include the Tyronza Water Tower, the old Turrell City Hall, the Calico Rock Methodist-Episcopal Church, and the Military Road-Black's Ferry Segment near Pocahontas.

The board next meets on August 1.