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Profiles in Arkansas Black History
“Profiles in Arkansas Black History,” a workshop sponsored by the Black History Advisory Committee, Arkansas History Commission, and Arkansas Humanities Council, will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Historic Arkansas Museum.
The workshop will profile the contributions of Arkansas’s African American men and women, such as Isaac Scott Hathaway, an artist and former professor who taught from 1915-1937 at AM&N College in Pine Bluff (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). Hathaway designed two United States coins commemorating the lives of Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. His career will be discussed by current UAPB art professor Henri Linton.
Little Rock architect Kwendeche will discuss African American architects such as W. T. Bailey, who designed the State Temple of the Mosaic Templars Building in Little Rock and the Woodman of the Union Building in Hot Springs; Henry James Price, the architect for Centennial Baptist Church in Helena; J. Odell Lamb and other black architects with Arkansas ties.
Carolyn Owens Hervey and Linda McDowell, both of the Arkansas History Commission, will take an up-close and personal look at Pernella Anderson and Samuel S. Taylor. Anderson and Taylor were the only African Americans in Arkansas hired during the depression by the Federal Writer’s Project of the Works Progress Administration to record the interviews of former slaves living in Arkansas. These interviews became a part of The American Slave Narratives.
The workshop will also examine other stories of Arkansas school integration with panelists Fayth Hill Washington, one of twenty-one African American students to integrate the Hoxie School in Lawrence County in 1955. Richard Lindsey one of six students who attempted the integration of North Little Rock High School one week before the Central High crisis; and Faye Perry Russ who was a 10th grader at Horace Mann High School when all the Little Rock schools closed in September 1958.
Lavona Wilson, Senior Program Officer for the Arkansas Humanities Council will share information on available grants through the Humanities Council such as the “Community Heritage Grant.” Linda McDowell, African American History Coordinator at the State Archives, will provide grant guidelines for the “Black History Advisory Committee Grant.”
For more information or to register, please call Linda McDowell at 501.682.6900 or Lavona Wilson at 501.221.0091. Registration deadline is May 11, 2007. Box lunches provided with pre-registration (space is limited). The workshop will be held at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. 3rd Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.