2001 List

Dr. E. A. and Hattie Turner Dennard House

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City/County/Congressional District: Fort Smith , Sebastian County ( District 3 )
Location Class: Residential
Year Built: N/A
Historic Designation: N/A
Status: Demolished

The Turner-Dennard house is said to be Fort Smith’s most significant African American landmark. It became the home of the Fort Smith Chapter of the NAACP in 1923, which was founded by the Turner-Dennards as well as James and Minnie Cox. The chapter meetings were held in the home’s living room where plans for the Elm Grove housing project and the African American Twin City Hospital were conceived. Some time after its listing on the Most Endangered Places list, it was demolished.