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February 2013 – Public Program

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In This Issue

  • February 15 Public Program
  • The People
  • The Sponsors

“An event has happened, upon which  it is difficult to speak, and impossible  to be silent.”

– Edmund Burke

The LR 1927 Project

Friends and Colleagues,
We have exciting news to share about our film and book projects on the 1927 Little Rock lynching of John Carter. As we plan our public presentation on February15, we are so happy to have enthusiastic support and encouragement from people and institutions in Arkansas. This edition of the newsletter will give details about the program, the people involved and the generous sponsors. If you’re in the Little Rock area, we hope to see you there.
Thank you,
George Fulton Jr. and Stephanie Harp

 

February 15 Public Program

 

Mosaic Templars Cultural CenterOn Friday evening, February 15, we will present a public program about our work at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 9thand Broadway, Little Rock, at 5:30 p.m. Join us to learn about the history of lynching and the many different ways this particular event was reported in the news and remembered in the community, to see clips from the documentary film in progress, and to hear personal stories from relatives of John Carter, Lonnie Dixon, Floella McDonald, and a deputy sheriff who was present that day.After the presentation, please stay for a community conversation, led by Dr. John Kirk, Chair of the History Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Associate Professor of History at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.For more information and a calendar listing of all of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Black History Month events, see their Calendar.

The People

 

George Fulton Jr. is the great-grandson of John Carter. He is filmmaker at work on a documentary that tells the story of the lynching from his family’s point of view, a version that differs from the official record.
Stephanie Harp is the great-granddaughter of one of the deputy sheriffs who, according to family stories, was present at the lynching. She is a writer and historian at work on a book about the lynching and about her family’s link to it.
Greg Bryant is the nephew of Floella McDonald, the young girl whose body was found in the First Presbyterian Church. The discovery set off the chain of events that led to the lynching. He is a criminal defense attorney in Little Rock.
Maudella Morehead-Parham is the niece of Lonnie Dixon, the teenage boy put to death for the murder of Floella McDonald. She lives in Little Rock.
For more information about the events of 1927, see the listing on the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.

The Sponsors

 

Many individuals and institutions are lending their support to this groundbreaking program, and for that we are appreciative and grateful. They are the Arkansas Humanities Council; Dr. John Kirk, Chair, History Department, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Associate Professor of History, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro; Guy Lancaster, Editor, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System, Little Rock; Dr. Deborah Baldwin, Associate Provost, University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Center for Arkansas History and Culture, and Dean, College of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Chancellor Joel Anderson, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and Director Sericia Cole, Assistant Director Quantia Fletcher, and Program Assistant Phyllis Brown at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Little Rock.While in Little Rock, George and Stephanie also will be speaking at a meeting of the UALR Chancellor’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity, and will attend the Sixth Annual L.C. and Daisy Bates Leadership Forum at Philander Smith College.

Stay Informed

 

We’ve started this e-newsletter as a means of keeping everyone up to date on our progress and plans. We are happy to hear about any ideas, connections, or information you may have. If you know of other folks who may like to receive this occasional update, please forward this to them or let us know and we’ll be glad to add their email addresses to our list. We promise never to rent or sell the names, and anyone on the list can always Unsubscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of every edition. To contact us, simply reply to the newsletter or complete the email form on the Inheritance Home page.

Together, we hope that folks of all backgrounds, in Little Rock and elsewhere, will be encouraged by our cooperation and will help us work toward racial healing and progress.Thank you for your interest.

In peace and hope,

George and Stephanie

 

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