On behalf of WWHA, I am pleased to announce the placing of a memorial marker for Juanita Martinez Garrett, first wife of Sheriff Pat Garrett, in the old Fort Sumner Cemetery. The ceremony will take place on September 25, 2021 starting at 2:00 p.m. This will be an outdoors event but safety protocols during this period of COVID are encouraged.
Juanita died within the first two weeks of their marriage and her burial location was lost for some 140 years. Working with the descendants of the siblings in the Martinez family, newspaper records of her burial were located. The town board of Fort Sumner has approved the placing of the marker next to that of Lucien Maxwell and very near that of Billy the Kid and his "Pals."
Among the speakers at the ceremony will be family descendants, Roy Young and Paul Marquez, representing WWHA, and others.
All who are interested in Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, Fort Sumner and the Wild West are invited to attend.