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...
Pocahontas Heritage Festival

Pocahontas Heritage Festival

The Herron Center had a concession stand at Pocahontas’ Riverfront Park Saturday June 30 as part of the National Canoe Races being held on the Black and Current Rivers. Barbeque sandwiches, hamburgers, Polish sausage with sautéed onions and green peppers. Yum! We had an open house and quilting demonstration September 29, 2007 as part of the Pocahontas Heritage...
Softball Tournament named for the late Roland McCarroll

Softball Tournament named for the late Roland McCarroll

The Randolph County Heritage Museum will sponsor the first annual Roland McCarrol Memorial Softball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday April 7-8, 2007 at the Pocahontas Sports Complex. Applications for the tournament may be picked up at the museum on the historic court square in Pocahontas, Sports Max, and at City Hall. For more information about the tournament, contact Bill Masiongale at 870-892-9022. When asked about the name of the tournament a spokesperson for the museum said, “Mr. McCarroll dedicated his life to baseball and softball in Randolph County, from being a legendary local player, to being a coach, to umpiring the games, he was always willing to lend a helping hand to the youth as well as adults. We felt that his love this game needs be...