Indians, Outlaws, Marshals & the Hangin’ Judge

Friday, March 20 | 3pm

BTV residents: You’re invited to an exclusive sneak peek of this new historical documentary about Arkansas’ infamous hanging judge, Isaac C. Parker. Produced by award-winning filmmaker Larry Foley, chair of the UA School of Journalism and Strategic Media, Indians, Outlaws, Marshals & the Hangin’ Judge is a project of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. For 21 years after the Civil War, Parker hanged 86 men on gallows nicknamed the “government suspender” in Fort Smith. Legend is those gallows could strangle a dozen men at a time. The film tells the story of how desperadoes, depending on your interpretation of history, were either tamed or tortured by a man some historians call a megalomaniac, while others choose to believe the judge was nothing more than a civil servant doing his job.