The Times-Record in Fort Smith offers a look at a less glorious part of the history of the U.S. Marshal Service at the United States Marshals Museum in Fort Smith — defense of a law the nation has repudiated.
Specifically the newspaper asked about two marshals commemorated in the hall of honor for dying in the line of duty while enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act.
“The US Marshals have not always been on the right side of history, but they’ve always upheld the law.” US Marshal Museum Curator David Kennedy stated when asked about the existence of pro-slavery names on the museum’s Hall of Honor. “We’re memorializing these people for…dying in the line of duty in support of the Constitution and the Law.”
There’s more in the article about the specific marshals and the actions they took.