Tickets on Sale Today for Sultana Museum Fundraiser

 On the early morning of April 27, 1865, the SS Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis. It became America’s greatest maritime disaster, killing nearly 1,800 of the nearly 2,400 passengers onboard. Many of those were former Union soldiers, on their way home following the end of the Civil War. The boat sank near Marion, where a monument was built to commemorate those lost during the disaster.

On Aug. 4, a fundraiser is being held to raise money for the Marion Sultana Museum. Tickets go on sale today at the Marion Chamber of Commerce. The event will feature the Arkansas Delta’s own Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Stan Perkins (son of Carl Perkins), and Cody Ray Slaughter, the 2011 Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.

The event will be held at the Marion United Methodist Church on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 7 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit the Marion Sultana Museum.

For more information, call the nice folks at the Marion Chamber of Commerce at 870-739-6041.

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