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Parnell-Tucker Feud Panel Discussion

Saturday 28 July 2012 witnessed a meeting of members of the Parnell and Tucker families in El Dorado.  The (formerly) feuding familities met to discuss the violent early 20th century Union County feud that entangled both families.  The panel discussion, sponsored by the South Arkansas Historical Foundation, was moderated by Hollywood screenwriter Howie Klausner.  Panelists included former Governor Jim Guy Tucker, Charles Parnell, Daniel Parnell, and Rick Higgins.  Mr. Higgins is the nephew of Charles and Daniel Parnell.  The Parnell family made a special trip to El Dorado from their homes in California to participate in the discussion and to witness the annual Showdown at Sunset reenactment. 

A special thanks to Diane and Edwin Alderson, the Union County Courthouse staff, and Main Street El Dorado.