Wally the Rebel?

(October 14, 2003) — (Bentonville-AP) -- A logo being designed for a group that promotes Bentonville may have to avoid depicting the city's two most recognized features -- a Confederate statue and the Wal-Mart Visitors Center. Main Street Bentonville board member Tom McCoy says Wal-Mart would object to its image being coupled with a Confederate symbol. Sam Walton's first store, locally known as the Five and Dime, is now the Visitors Center for Bentonville-based Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer. It faces the city square of downtown Bentonville, dominated by a sculpture of a Confederate soldier modeled after the 14th Governor of Arkansas, James H. Berry. One alternative for the logo is to replace the visitors center with the local courthouse.