Arkansas Online

By:  Frank Lockwood

WASHINGTON -- For 150 years, a young murder victim's remains have been kept in a federal museum, the bullet-pierced cranium carefully cataloged and stored.

But Arkansas activists believe the human remains deserve a proper burial, even if it takes an act of Congress to make it happen. U.S. Sen. John Boozman agrees and has drafted language that would force the National Museum of Health and Medicine to surrender the skull.

"This is literally sitting in a drawer in the museum," the Republican from Rogers said in an interview Friday, calling it "just common decency" to lay it to rest.

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