Rev. George Berry Washington. Washington's parents were slaves. He was born sometime between 1858 and 1864. By the time he died, courthouse records show Washington had amassed 1,145 acres around Earle, making him one of the county's largest landowners. Washington's family lost the farm where the monument stands just years after his death, but the angel remains. The late regional realist painter Carroll Cloar captured the angel in his 1957 Angel in the Thorn Patch. Mark Christ, a spokesman for the Department of Arkansas Heritage, said Thursday he received notice that nomination has been accepted by the National Register. - Bartholomew Sullivan (The Commercial Appeal Friday, August 26, 1994).