FOR THE ARKANSAS GAZETTE STATEMENT BY BROOKS HAYS ON THE HISTORY OF CAPITOL PRAYER ROOM IN WASHINGTON I am glad to respond to your request for an account of the establishment of the Prayer Room in the national Capitol under the authority of a resolution which I introduced first in the 82nd Congress. It was sponsored in the Senate by Senator A.S. Mike Monroney of Oklahoma, an active Episcopalian. In 1954, three years after the idea was first conceived, it was passed unanimously by both Houses. Honorable Joe Martin was Speaker at that time and quickly designated a room just west of the rotunda on the level of House and Senate Chambers for this purpose. The Capitol Architect, Geo. Stewart, was instructed by terms of the resolution to design and equip the facility, and the consensus of Congress was that he did an excellent job. He sought the advice of counsel of the two Congressional chaplains and a special committee of three composed of a Jewish rabbi, a Catholic priest, and a Protestant minister, all outstanding representatives of their faith. Speaker Martin designated me as chairman of the special Chapel Committee of three members. The others were Katherine St. George of New York and Karl Le Compte of Iowa, both Republicans. Thus I had the unique role of serving as the only Democratic committee chairman in the Republic Congress.