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....
Trip to Alex Haley House Museum

Trip to Alex Haley House Museum

Friends of the Eddie Mae Herron Center took a bus trip to Henning, TN to visit the Alex Haley House Museum. You can read more about Alex Haley and the Alex Haley House Museum online or visit their facebook...
Alex Haley House Museum Trip Planned

Alex Haley House Museum Trip Planned

On Saturday, March 26th, The Eddie Mae Herron Center Museum will be taking a group to tour the Alex Haley House Museum in Henning, TN. About the Alex Haley House Museum Originally known as the Palmer House, this ten-room, bungalow style home was constructed in 1918 and 1919 by Will E. Palmer, the maternal grandfather of Alex Haley (1921-1992). From 1921 to 1929, and during some subsequent summers, Alex Haley lived here with his grandparents, Will and Cynthia Palmer. For more information about Alex Haley and the Alex Haley museum, visit their...
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...
Emancipation Proclamation Field Trip

Emancipation Proclamation Field Trip

A bus load of Herron Center members and supporters boarded a Southern Coaches bus September 22 for a day-long trip to Little Rock to view the Emancipation Proclamation at the Clinton Presidential Library, and to visit Central High School, scene of great racial tension fifty years ago. Our group of about 50 arrived at the Clinton Library about noon and were soon viewing the Emancipation Proclamation as well as a very interesting display the library had prepared on Presidents and their work toward desegregation since 1860. After viewing the whole museum, we headed over to Central High, were we toured their soon-to-be replaced museum. Indeed, while we were there, workers were setting up chairs for the dedication of the new museum that was due to open two days later. View our trip photo album below, with photos by Gus Rankin and Pat Carroll. Click a small “thumbnail” photo to enlarge it, then use your browser’s “back” button to return to this page. Central High the day we were there. They had set up thousands of folding chairs in preparation for the observation of the 50th anniversary of the Crisis, which was to be held just a few days after we were there. Viewing displays inside the Central High Crisis museum Viewing displays inside the Central High Crisis museum Viewing displays inside the Central High Crisis museum Viewing displays inside the Central High Crisis museum Viewing displays inside the Central High Crisis museum Viewing displays inside the Central High Crisis museum Enroute to Little Rock Entering the Clinton Library In the background is the new Central High Crisis museum and...