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Arkansas State University, Main Campus (Jonesboro, AR 72403-0600)
Ruth A. Hawkins (Project Director: November 2004 to May 2009)
Working the Land: From Slavery to Sharecropping and Beyond in the Arkansas Delta

Restoration of two historic sites: the 1858 Lakeport Plantation near Lake Village and the 1930s Mitchell-East Building in Tyronza.

Funding through this grant will complete restoration of two significant historic sites that are integrated with the university’s Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program and other humanities programming. These include an antebellum plantation near Lake Village, Arkansas, and the 1930s headquarters for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union formed in Tyronza, Arkansas. Both sites will provide an authentic historic context for understanding the agricultural heritage of the Lower Mississippi River Delta, an area with some of the richest land and some of the poorest people in the nation. Humanities programming at these sites will include interpretive exhibits and other multi-faceted educational opportunities for students, scholars and the general public.

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Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

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Totals (matching):
$1,000,000 (approved)
$1,000,000 (offered)
$1,000,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2003 – 1/31/2009