Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center honors Arkansas’s African‑American history and tells the story of the Mosaic Templars of America, an
African‑American fraternal organization founded in 1882. Founded and headquartered in Little Rock, the Mosaic Templars of America represented
a thriving black‑owned business enterprise. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting
and celebrating African‑American history, culture and community in Arkansas from 1870 to the present. It educates the public about
black achievements – especially in business, politics and the arts.
Explore Arkansas’s African‑American history, life and culture. Through the museum’s exhibits, you can walk down Ninth Street and learn about black-owned businesses that once thrived there before desegregation. You can explore the legacy of the Mosaic Templars of America, and learn more about black legislators in the 1890s. Listen to firsthand accounts of life in the segregated South from those who lived it.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center also has an excellent educational outreach program that can host field trips and tours of the center and educate today’s students about contributions and achievements of African Americans to Arkansas’s heritage. The Center also houses the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame exhibit that features the men and women who have been selected for this honor.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is home to the Creativity Arkansas art collection, its ongoing collection of works by Arkansas’s African American artists. There are also special events held annually that are open to the public. They are the Juneteenth celebration each summer, which commemorates African American’s freedom from slavery and the “Say it Ain’t Say’s” sweet potato pie contest each December, which awards prizes to the best sweet potato pies made by home cooks and professional chefs.