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UWF Historic Trust to host historical marker dedication, re-enactment of John Wesley Hardin capture

The University of West Florida Historic Trust will host a re-enactment of the capture of John Wesley Hardin and a historical marker dedication on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Historic Pensacola Village.

Hardin, a Texas fugitive, was captured in Pensacola on Aug. 23, 1877 by Texas Rangers Lt. John B. Armstrong and Jack R. Duncan, along with Escambia County Sheriff William H. Hutchinson and nine Escambia County deputies. He and his associates were boarding a train at the L&N Freight Depot at the time of their arrest, which became national news that brought notoriety to this area.

As part of the event, a historical marker will be placed at the northeast corner of Tarragona Street and Zaragoza Street, where the train depot was formerly located. , The marker is funded by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and provided through the Division of Historical Resources in the Department of State.

This event is free and open to the public.