Teachers Dorothy and Bernice Lockhart, the daughters of Edward S. Lockhart, Hot Springs ECHO, 1940. (PS05-03)
Who are we?
The Black History Commission of Arkansas (BHCA), created by Act 1233 of 1991, is composed of seven (7) persons appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate. Meetings are held quarterly. The mission of the Black History Commission of Arkansas is to collect materials pertaining to African American history for the Arkansas History Commission; to encourage research in the state's African American history; and to cooperate with the Arkansas Department of Education to develop materials that support the teaching of African American history in our public schools.
What materials do we seek?
The Commission is interested in letters, diaries, journals, business records, photographs, church and organizational records, yearbooks, personal memoirs, and anything else of a documentary nature related to African American history in Arkansas. Please contact the Arkansas History Commission, if you have such materials to donate or lend for copying.
Curtis H. Sykes (December 21, 1930 - September 9, 2007) was instrumental in the establishment of the Black History Commission of Arkansas.
The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program
The Black History Commission of Arkansas also administers the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program. The program has offered grants to fund projects related to African American history in Arkansas. Past projects include historical research, exhibits, workshops, publications, oral history interviews, documentary films, and cemetery preservation and documentation. Information about previously awarded Curtis H. Sykes Memorial grants can be found here.
African American Legislators Gallery
African American manuscript collections
African American newspapers
African American school yearbooks
African American funeral home and cemetery records
Little Rock Central High School crisis chronology and resources
Jeffrey Hawkins, Little Rock community leader and guiding force with the East End Civil League, was a regular rider of Central Arkansas Transit buses for 52 years in Little Rock. (PS15-10)
Black History Task Force