Arkansas

  5-71-215. Defacing objects of public respect.

(a)  A person commits the offense of defacing objects of public respect if he purposely: 

(1)  Defaces, mars, or otherwise damages any public monument; 

(2)  Defaces, mars, or otherwise damages a work of art on display in any public place; or 

(3)  Defaces, mars, desecrates, or otherwise damages any place of worship, cemetery, or burial monument. 

(b)(1)  Defacing objects of public respect is a Class A misdemeanor if the value of repairing or replacing the damaged objects does not exceed five hundred dollars ($500). 

(2)  Defacing objects of public respect is a Class D felony if the value of repairing or replacing the damaged objects exceeds five hundred dollars ($500), but does not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500). 

(3)  Defacing objects of public respect is a Class C felony if the value of repairing or replacing the damaged objects exceeds two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500). 

History. Acts 1975, No. 280, 2916; A.S.A. 1947, 41-2916; Acts 1993, No. 169, 1.

5-39-401. Destruction or removal.

It is unlawful for any person to destroy or carry away any cemetery marker or grave marker. 

History. Acts 1997, No. 1244, 1.

 

   Chapter 39.
Burglary, Trespass, and Other Intrusions.

  Subchapter 2. Offenses Generally.

6-39-211. Cemeteries - Mining and other unlawful entries.

(a)  It shall be unlawful for any corporation, company, or individual to: 

(1)  Mine, extract, or remove coal or any other mineral or substance from under or beneath any cemetery, graveyard, or burying place in this state; 

(2)  Make, place, or drive any slope, pit, or entry of any kind into, under, through, or across any cemetery, graveyard, or other burying place in this state. 

(b)  Any corporation, company, or individual violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be fined in any sum not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) and be imprisoned not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years. 

History. Acts 1907, No. 58, 1-3, p. 138; C. & M. Dig., 2728, 2729; Pope's Dig., 3414, 3415; A.S.A. 1947, 41-1981 - 41-1983.

5-39-212. Cemeteries - Access - Debris - Disturbance.

(a)  It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association to construct any fence on any property in such manner as to enclose any cemetery unless suitable access by automobile to the cemetery is provided by gate or otherwise. The word "cemetery", as used in this subsection, is not intended to apply to any private family burial plot which contains fewer than six (6) commercial grave markers and has not been used for burial purposes for at least twenty-five (25) years and which has not had an access road to the burial plot for at least thirty (30) years. Nothing in this section prohibits the placement of a fence around any cemetery for the purpose of defining boundaries or protection of grave sites; 

(b)  Any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100), and every day that the violation shall exist shall be a separate offense. 

History. Acts 1955, No. 108, 1-3; 1983, No. 742, 1; A.S.A. 1947, 41-1984 - 41-1986; Acts 1995, No. 1317, 1; 1997, No. 1244, 3; 1997, No. 1286, 1.

 

Chapter 15. Eminent Domain.

Subchapter 4. Municipal Corporations - Waterworks Systems.18-15-408.  Cemeteries and graves.

Subchapter 14. Cemeteries.  18-15-1401. Right of eminent domain to take land for burial purposes. 18-15-1402. Consent of two-thirds of members or owners required.  18-15-1403. Application. 18-15-1404. Setting of time for inquiry. 18-15-1405. Summoning of jury for inquiry. 18-15-1406. Determination of compensation - Dispute. 18-15-1407. Costs.  18-15-1408. Public property.

Chapter 60.
General Provisions
.  Subchapter 1. General Provisions.  5-60-101. Abuse of a corpse.

 

A few extras:

Title 1.   General Provisions.

1-5-101. Official holidays.

(2)  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday and Robert E. Lee's Birthday - the third Monday in January; 

 

1-5-106. Memorial days generally.

(8)  Jefferson Davis' Birthday - June 3; 

1-5-107. Confederate Flag Day.

(a)  The Saturday immediately preceding Easter Sunday of each year is designated as "Confederate Flag Day" in this state. 

(b)  No person, firm, or corporation shall display any Confederate flag or replica thereof in connection with any advertisement of any commercial enterprise, or in any manner for any purpose except to honor the Confederate States of America. 

(c)  Any person, firm, or corporation violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000). 

History. Acts 1957, No. 124, 1; 1967, No. 455, 1, 2; A.S.A. 1947, 69-110, 69-111.

   1-4-101. State flag.   (Excerpt from description of  State Flag.)

The blue star above the word "ARKANSAS" is to commemorate the Confederate States of America.