Unboxing Ralph Armstrong: A Community History Project

Unboxing Ralph Armstrong: A Community History Project
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Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
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501 W 9th St., Little Rock, Arkansas
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This unique and interactive exhibit invites the public to browse hundreds of photos donated to the museum by the family of local photographer Ralph Waldo Armstrong III, who documented the lives of Black communities in Little Rock on film between 1951 and 2006. Guests are invited to share their connections to the photos, and to identify the people, places, and events captured in the pictures, so that the museum can create a more comprehensive history of the Black experience in Central Arkansas.

Ralph Waldo Armstrong III was born on February 23, 1925, in North Little Rock. He was drafted into the Navy in 1943 and was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Air Station north of Chicago, Illinois, and then on the Eniwetok Atoll in the South Pacific. Following the war, Armstrong studied at the American Conservatory of Music, then returned to Little Rock to raise his family with Ruby Joshua Stanton. He worked as a letter carrier for 37 years, while simultaneously operating his photography business. He often photographed buildings that were slated to be demolished, especially in Little Rock’s historic 9th Street district, but also took portraits of individuals and families, as well as special events. Ralph Armstrong died on November 10, 2006, at age 81, and is buried at the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Little Rock. 

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