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Dreamland Ballroom

Dreamland Ballroom

Built between 1916 and 1918 by the Arkansas chapter of the Knights and Daughters of Tabor, Taborian Temple – renamed Taborian Hall by the 1950s – was a major hub of African-American...

Dreamland Ballroom

Morris Booker Memorial College

Morris Booker Memorial College has a dual history. Before its final name, the college was The Chicot County Training School in Dermott. The single-story building was built in 1929 by funding from the...

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Murphy Jeffries Building

An unobtrusive, yet important building to Little Rock’s history and Little Rock’s black history is the Murphy Jeffries Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. It was built in 1925 and purchased in...

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Scipio Africanus Jones House

Scipio Africanus Jones was born in 1863 in Tulip, Arkansas to a slave, Jemmima Jones. His father was his mother’s white owner, Dr. Sanford Reamey, a prominent citizen of Tulip. As a child, he...

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Masonic Temple of Pine Bluff

Under the leadership of Grand Master Clark, the idea of a Grand Masonic Temple was conceived and began in 1902.  The cornerstone was laid the same year, but the building was not completed until 1912...

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Savage High School

The Parkdale High School, which consolidated with Hamburg School District after the 1993 – 1994 school year, was originally an African American school called Savage High School right outside the town...

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Malvern Rosenwald School

Background Contrary to common belief, the education of many southern African Americans took place on southern plantations while many were slaves. Some masters allowed a few of their slaves to become...

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Bigelow Rosenwald School

Rosenwald, philanthropist and President of Sears Roebuck and Co. created a foundation to support education of African American youth. Rosenwald’s fund aided construction of over 5,000 school...

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