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Churches of Arkansas: Promised Land Baptist Church

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

     Churches of Arkansas: Promised Land Baptist Church In 1866, after the Emancipation Proclamation, former slaves (purchased on October 18, 1841, in New Orleans, Louisiana,) homesteaded the East Kiblah community in Arkansas from the plantation of Richard Blanton. Rep... Read More

Judge Parker

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, June 15, 2015

This is Isaac Charles Parker (1838–1896) who served as federal judge for the Federal Court of the Western District of Arkansas in Fort Smith.  He tried 13,490 cases, with 9,454 of them resulting in guilty pleas or convictions. His court was unique in the fact that he had jurisdiction ove... Read More

Creativity Arkansas: Angela Davis Johnson

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Creativity Arkansas—Two Sisters: Daughters of War by Little Rock-based artist Angela Davis Johnson is part of the Creativity Arkansas Collection held by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. The collection began in 2008 and showcases artwork created by African American artists with a connect... Read More

Missouri Bootheel

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

On this day, June 4, 1812, the Missouri Territory is created. What’s the story behind our border with the “Show Me State?” After the Missouri Territory was established, the territorial legislature of Missouri created Arkansas County for all the land between Louisiana and approximately thi... Read More

What's in a Name? Osceola

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, June 01, 2015

What’s in a name? Osceola is located in northeastern Mississippi County on the Mississippi River, approximately 50 miles upriver from Memphis. In 1830, William Bard Edrington and John Price Edrington bartered with Indians and took possession of a small group of huts along the Mississippi Rive... Read More

William Savin Fulton

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, May 28, 2015

On this day in 1795, William Savin Fulton was born to Irish-born David and Maryland native Elizabeth Fulton. Owing to his mother’s wealth, Fulton was provided with a formal education in 1803 and attended Baltimore College in 1813 before practicing law in 1817.  Fulton served as a cor... Read More

Creativity Arkansas: Higgins Bond

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, May 28, 2015

From the Creativity Arkansas Collection: “Frederick Douglass,” pencil on illustration board, is by Higgins Bond. This piece is part of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Creativity Arkansas Collection, acquired in 2014. The collection began in 2008 and showcases artwork created by Afri... Read More

On This Day: Chester Ashley Returns

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On this day in 1848, a steamboat named Cotton Plant brings the body of Chester Ashley back to Little Rock for burial. Ashley (1791–1848) was prominent in territorial and antebellum Arkansas. He was involved in the dispute over ownership of the site of Little Rock, the ... Read More

Selden/Scott Duel

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 Judge Match: On this day in 1824, a game of ‘whist’ in Arkansas Post gets heated. In a game of whist, Judge Joseph Selden contradicted a lady player’s account of the score and Judge Andrew Scott, who was also playing, demanded an apology from Selden on behalf of the lady. Selde... Read More

Inventor McDermott

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Here’s more about Charles M. McDermott (1808–1884), a medical doctor, minister, plantation owner, Greek scholar, charter member of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and inventor. His patented inventions include an iron wedge, iron hoe, a cotton-picking machine, and a “flying machine.”... Read More