WWI Centennial Committee Unveils 12 Podcasts

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, November 28, 2016

The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee unveiled 13 new podcasts about Arkansas during the Great War, ACWSC Chairman Shawn Fisher announced today.   Read More

World War I Committee seeks documents, launches website

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, November 14, 2016

Photo courtesy Sequoyah Research Center/UALRThe Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee recently asked Arkansans to consider donating materials related to the Great War period to archival institutions and unveiled its website as it prepared for the 2017-18 commemoration.  Read More

Sharecropping in Arkansas

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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Historic Places: A.C. Jeffery Farmstead

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Historic Places: The A. C. Jeffery Farmstead was constructed in 1848 by Augustus Curran Jeffery, the son of Jehoiada Jeffery, an early pioneer settler in Izard County and founder of the town of Mt. Olive. The Jeffery family first arrived in the area September 10, 1816, when Jehoiada Jeffery, his wife Mary Weir Jeffery, and three children settled on 160 acres (on the eastern bank of the White River at the site that would later become the community of Mt. Olive) that he received for having served in the war of 1812.
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District of Arkansas

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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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.   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 Bowie land claims, and the ill-fated State and Real Estate Banks, as well as being the pre-eminent appellate attorney of the period. He was a member of the powerful Conway-Sevier-Johnson political faction, which controlled state politics until the Civil War. In addition, he was the third Arkansan elected to the U.S. Senate and was probably the wealthiest Arkansan for much of his life because of his land holdings.  Read More

Historic Places: Bedford Brown Bethell House

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Historic Places: Built in 1912-13, the Bedford Brown Bethell House in Des Arc, Prairie County, has been called one of the most elegant old homes in the Grand Prairie region of Arkansas.   Read More

Historic Places: Louisiana Purchase Marker

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 Historic Places: The Louisiana Purchase Marker is located at the junction of Phillips, Lee and Monroe counties in eastern Arkansas. The marker commemorates the “initial point” from which land surveys of the territory acquired through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 were surveyed. The land surveys for all or parts of the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana were measured from this point in the middle of an eastern Arkansas swamp.   Read More

Important Arkansan: Pharoah Sanders

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Born in Little Rock in 1940, Grammy award-winning Ferrell “Pharoah” Sanders, noted jazz saxophonist, is recognized as a pioneer of the “free jazz” movement. Collaborations with artists such as Sun Ra and John Coltrane remain his most noted work, but his solo efforts stretch over four decades from 1964 to the present.

Click here to watch Sanders perform with William Henderson (piano), Dennis Carrol (bass) and George Fludas (drums), concluding the Iowa City Jazz Festival on July 7, 2013.

Sanders began his musical career accompanying church hymns on clarinet, but his initial artistic accomplishments were in art. He discovered the tenor saxophone while attending Scipio Jones High School in North Little Rock. His band director, Jimmy Cannon, introduced the student to jazz. When Cannon left the school, Sanders (still a student!) took over as the band director until a replacement was found. During the late 1950s, Sanders sneaked into clubs in downtown Little Rock to play with acts that were passing through. At the time, Little Rock was part of the touring route through Memphis, Tennessee, and Hot Springs for rhythm and blues (R&B) and jazz musicians, including Junior Parker. Limited by the state’s segregation and the R&B and jazz standards that dominated the Little Rock music scene, Sanders left for Oakland, California, where he lived with relatives and could play in both white and black clubs. While in the Bay Area, Sanders was given the nickname, “Little Rock.” During his stay in California, Sanders met and befriended John Coltrane Read More