The history of African Americans in Arkansas is a long and complex story. From Arkansas’s earliest Territorial days through modern day statehood, Arkansas’s African American community has endured pain and difficulty, meeting challenges with strength and perseverance while contributing to the world a legacy of powerful role models. One of the most important factors for African Americans in Arkansas, though, is probably one of the least addressed: the sense of close-knit community. This collection highlights the everyday life of Arkansas’s African American community, including education, work, religion and leisure. We hope you’ll enjoy browsing through this collection and check back often as it continues to grow.