Black History Month 2012

Black History Month 2012

The Eddie Mae Herron Center is chartering a bus  to Little Rock on Saturday, February  the 4th to kick off their annual Black History Month celebration. They will be visiting the Central High School Museum and the  Mosanic Templers Cultural Center/Museum. The bus ticket will be $25 per person.  They need at least 55 people to fill the bus. Anyone wishing to go should contact Pat Johnston at 501 912 2298 or the Herron Center at 870 892 4433  for more information and tickets.  Seats are limited so call early to reserve your seat....
State Seminar and Tour of Historic Little Rock Central High School Attended by Local Heritage Volunteers

State Seminar and Tour of Historic Little Rock Central High School Attended by Local Heritage Volunteers

Two residents from Randolph County attended the “Profiles in Arkansas Black History” seminar at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock Saturday, June 14. Pat Johnson, Chairperson for the Eddie Mae Herron Center Board of Directors, and Cindy Robinett, Administrator of the Randolph County Heritage Museum were joined by others from across the state for a day of presentations about significant African-Americans throughout Arkansas’ history. Pat Johnson is seen above with two of the many speakers. On the left is Dr. Patricia Washington McGraw, a Little Rock native, who became the first African-American professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Today, at age 70, she is an author, activist and enthusiastic speaker. In the middle is Mr. Milton P. Crenchaw, also from Little Rock, who was the senior flight instructor at Tuskegee Institute known for the training of the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. In 2007, he and fellow Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D.C. Mr. Crenchaw is 90 years old. The workshop was sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission. Following the seminar, Johnson and Robinett drove to the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, and toured the educational center and walked across the historic campus. In 1954, the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision officially declared segregation in public schools as unconstitutional. All U.S. public schools were instructed to integrate. Within a week, Arkansas was one of two Southern states to announce it would begin immediately to take steps to comply with the new ruling. The...
African American Preservation Alliance

African American Preservation Alliance

The African American Preservation Alliance, Inc., a national organization dedicated to identifying and preserving historic African American sites and culture, will be meeting at the Eddie Mae Herron Center on Thursday, August 30 from 10 to 2 to discuss local African American sites for identification and preservation. Their emphasis this year is on cemeteries, especially those where slaves were buried. Anyone who’s interested is invited to attend. Goals of the African American Preservation Alliance are: To raise public awareness of the value of African American cultural heritage and historic places throughout the United States and Greater Caribbean. To provide leadership, education and advocacy to revitalize historic African American communities. To encourage the organization of statewide networks and individual membership to increase minority participation in...
2007 Black History Month Events

2007 Black History Month Events

Events were Co-Sponsored by Eddie Mae Herron Center and Black River Technical College February 2 The movies “Hoxie” The First Stand” and “Education in Craighead County from 1900-1967 – A Way Out For African-Americans” will be shown at the Herron Center. February 5 & 7 Quilt Show at the Herron Center. Quilts will be displayed and local quilters Mrs. Helen McCarroll, Mrs. Agnes Young and Mrs. Anna Cook will be present to demonstrate quilting. Mrs. Cook will also be available to discuss her recently self published book, The Point, and to sign copies. February 12, 13 & 14 Quilt Show at the Herron Center. Quilts will be displayed and local quilters Mrs. Helen McCarroll, Mrs. Agnes Young and Mrs. Anna Cook will be present to demonstrate quilting. Mrs. Cook will also be available to discuss her recently self published book, The Point, and to sign copies. February 16 The movies “A Time For Justice – America’s Civil Rights Movement”, “Mighty Times – The Legacy of Rosa Parks” and “Mighty Times – The Children’s March” will be shown at the Herron Center. February 17 Annual Herron Center “Hog Killin'”…everything but the squeal. Demonstration of old-time hog butchering, cooking of “cracklins”, rendering of lard, sausage making. Pot luck lunch at noon. Gospel Singing at The Randolph Music Theater (old Imperial Theater downtown) as a fund raiser for the Herron Center to help retire the loan on our recently purchased parking lot property. Admission is $5.00 with children under 6 free. Groups will include: Wagon Train Gang Homeward Bound Studio for the Arts Show Choir West Central Acappella Choir (from St. Louis) Jamboree...