April 18, 2024

Arkansas Delta Informer Staff – May 21, 2022 – The Black History Commission of Arkansas, in collaboration with the Arkansas State Archives, will host a symposium titled “African Americans and Religion in Arkansas” Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, at 501 West Ninth Street, in downtown Little Rock.

Speakers for the symposium include Dr. Logan Hampton, president of Lane College; BHCA Commissioner Walter Washington, and Rev. Edna Mack-Pettigrew, associate minister at Bethel AME Church in Little Rock. The event is free but registration is required by Tuesday, May 31, and light refreshments will be served. Teachers can earn up to three professional development credits. Click here to register

The Black History Commission of Arkansas (BHCA) is affiliated with and advises the Arkansas State Archives, which is an agency of Arkansas Heritage. It is charged with collecting material bearing on the history of Arkansas from the earliest times; copying and editing official records and other historical material, and encouraging historical work and research by the public. 

The Commission has a mission to collect materials on Arkansas’s Black history and history-makers. The Commission works to raise awareness of the contributions and impact Black Arkansans have had on the state’s history. The BHCA sponsors two annual symposiums devoted to Black history in February and June and administers a grant program that provides support for preservation and public programming projects related to Arkansas’s Black history.  

Arkansas Heritage was created in 1975. There are eight agencies with unique heritage focuses under the umbrella of this division: Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives. Arkansas Heritage is part of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

For questions about the ABHC symposium, please contact Tatyana Oyinloye at 501-682-6892 or tatyana.oyinloye@arkansas.gov.

(This story is courtesy of BlackConsumerNews.com)


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