THE SULTANA

DISASTER MUSEUM

Telling the story of the deadliest maritime disaster in United States history, located in Marion, Arkansas. 

THE WORST MARITIME DISASTER IN US HISTORY

In the early morning hours of April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded into a fiery blaze on the Mississippi River, eventually drifting and sinking near the Arkansas banks. At the Sultana Disaster Museum, we tell the lost stories of the disaster and those individuals who experienced it.

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BREAKING GROUND ON OUR NEW MUSEUM

On November 11, the Sultana Historical Preservation Society held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Sultana Disaster Museum. Click below to view images from the event and to listen to a speech given at the groundbreaking by Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater. 

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THE ROSALIND O'NEAL FUND

Long-time manager and docent at the Sultana Disaster Museum, Rosalind O'Neal passed away in November. In her honor, we are aiming to raise $25,000 to have one of the exhibits in the museum named after her. To contribute to our efforts, click the Donate button below, and leave the note "Rosalind" with your payment. Thank you. 

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The Future Museum

The Sultana Disaster Museum has recently acquired the historic 1938 Marion High School gymnasium as a location for the new expanded museum. Learn more about the future plans and about how you can donate to the museum's capital campaign.

STORIES FROM THE SULTANA

Seth & Hannah Hardin

In the confusion and darkness of the night, Hardin lost his wife, never seeing her after they leaped overboard together.

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Pvt. Commodore Smith

"My heart, even now ... stands still while I write this sad story."

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Pvt. Isaac Davenport

"I tel you here was the awfelist sight I ever saw..."

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The Sultana Association

Founded in 1987, The Sultana Association aims to spread the word about the Sultana disaster, to reach out to descendants, and to offer an opportunity for everyone to learn and become involved.