The United States Marshals Museum in Fort Smith has received an anonymous $5 million matching gift, bringing it one step closer to reaching its capital campaign goal of $12.5 million, museum officials revealed Thursday.
The museum plans to allocate $8 million of the total funds raised to finish out its galleries.
“This pledge is the impetus we need to reach our capital campaign goal,” said Doug Babb, board chair. “With this generous gift, we will soon move forward with plans to create an educational and immersive experience for our guests.”
Located along the banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Fort Smith, the facility’s star-shaped design represents the badge worn by U.S. Marshals. Museum officials said once complete, the museum will entail five immersive galleries devoted to the critical, ever-evolving role of the U.S. Marshals Service; an opportunity for visitors to pay tribute to the more than 350 U.S. Marshals killed in the line of duty in the Samuel M. Sicard Hall of Honor; and the National Learning Center, where patrons can learn more about the Constitution, the rule of law and civic literacy.
Laurice Hachem, board chair of the United States Marshals Museum Foundation, said, “The finish line is in sight. These funds will allow us to fully share the deep and rich story of the U.S. Marshals Service.”