Boreham Library, First Floor
"Arkansas African American Legislators, 1868-1893," a traveling exhibit produced by the Arkansas State Archives and Black History Commission of Arkansas, tells the story of the 85 African Americans who served in the Arkansas General Assembly in the 19th century. After the Civil War, Arkansas adopted a new constitution in 1868, and its provisions included giving Black males the right to vote and hold public office. African American lawyers, merchants, ministers, educators, farmers, and other professionals served in the Arkansas General Assembly. Photographs of 46 of the 85 legislators are an integral part of this exhibit's display. Also featured is a complete listing of the legislators and a short history of post-Civil War and election law that effectively ended African Americans' election to legislative positions until the 1970s.