Wednesday, January 27, 2021

African American Migration in Arkansas, Where Did My People go?

The Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas State Archives will be hosting a virtual symposium on Saturday, February 6, via Zoom from 9:45AM until 1PM.  The symposium’s theme is: “African American Migration in Arkansas, Where Did My People go?” Presenters will be Dr. Brian K. Mitchell of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Dr. Story Matkin-Rawn and Dr. Kenneth Barnes of the University of Central Arkansas.

Topics include: “African Americans, Arkansas, and the Other Great Migration 1865-1920”; “Any Place but Here: The 1860 Expulsion of Free Blacks from Arkansas” and "Arkansas's African Migration Movement in the late 1800s."

This event is part of an ongoing series of symposiums and other events sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas. The mission of the Commission is to collect materials pertaining to African American history for the Arkansas State Archives, to encourage research of the state's African American history, and to cooperate with the Arkansas Department of Education to develop materials that support the teaching of African American history in our public schools.

The symposium will be available for sign-in beginning at 09:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada), with presentations beginning at 09:45. Advance registration is required and is limited to 100 participants; register here:

 The Arkansas State Archives is an agency of the Division of Arkansas Heritage. Established in 1905, it collects, preserves and makes available a wealth of materials documenting Arkansas’s past, including the largest extant collection of Arkansas newspapers.  The State Archives is located in Little Rock and operates two branch facilities, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan (Lawrence County) and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives in Washington (Hempstead County).

The symposium is open to all; teachers may earn up to three professional development hours through attendance. The symposium is free to attend but advance registration is required. For more registration or other information about the symposium contact Tatyana Oyinloye, Coordinator of African American History Programs at: or call 501-682-6900.