Arkansas History

Rosanne Cash Johnny Cash
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash took part in a fundraiser Thursday evening at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion in Little Rock to benefit the ongoing restoration of her father Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson invited her to hold the event there, calling the Cash house, which has been turned into a museum, "a great asset for the state." Arkansas State University bought the dilapidated home in 2011, carefully restoring it to how it looked when Johnny Cash lived there with his parents and siblings.

Daisy Bates Home
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Monday is Daisy Gatson Bates Day, an Arkansas state holiday. It is celebrated concurrently with Presidents Day, when government buildings are closed in observance. The holiday comes as a foundation attempting to completely restore the civil rights leader's former home continues to look for ways to raise more money and promote her life's work.

 

Rosanne Cash Johnny Cash
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash is headlining a performance at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion to raise money for her father's restored boyhood home.

Arkansas State University announced Thursday it's hosting the event with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and First Lady Susan Hutchinson on March 3, with proceeds going to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Many gathered for events throughout Little Rock celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day, from the annual "marade" organized by the Arkansas chapter of the NAACP, to a day of service at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

While Arkansas also marked Robert E. Lee Day Monday, few events around the state honored the Confederate Civil War general. Supporters, including the state chapter of the Sons of the Confederacy, say they will celebrate Lee's actual Jan. 19 birthday Tuesday.

Hot Springs will soon have a new Civil War museum that will focus on the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the 1861-1865 American conflict.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (bit.ly/1n4xqgu) that The Civil War Museum West is expected to open later this year and will feature a collection of artifacts, flags, photos and other items.

The museum will offer tours through 10 areas of various subjects about the war. Visitors will see collections of swords, guns, bullets, flags, and various other artifacts and Civil War relics.

Fort Smith attorney Brad Jesson, who served as Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and was one of the early political supporters of an unknown Dale Bumpers, has passed away. He was 83, and would have been 84 on Jan. 26.

David Pryor Skip Rutherford
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

In advance of Sunday's memorial service for former U.S. Senator and Arkansas Governor Dale Bumpers, his longtime colleague in the Senate shared a few stories about Bumpers during a Legacies & Lunch program, hosted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Wednesday at the Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater. The event had been scheduled before Bumpers' death and included Pryor also reflecting on his own political career.

Interior of the Arkansas State Capitol Building in December.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Arkansas Capitol building will once again be open on weekends following an inquiry from the governor’s office to the secretary of state. The announcement from Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office on Wednesday is a reversal of a policy announced in December.

In a news release the office made no mention of the security concerns originally cited for limited hours but a talk with the governor’s office was mentioned.

Dale Bumpers
Danny Johnson/AP / NPR

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has ordered U.S. and Arkansas flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Dale Bumpers, the former U.S. senator and governor who died last week.

Hutchinson on Tuesday ordered that the flags be lowered until sunset Jan. 10 in honor of Bumpers, who died Friday night in Little Rock. A memorial service is scheduled Sunday in Little Rock for Bumpers, who was 90.

In his order, Hutchinson called Bumpers a "beacon of civility in a time of increasing partisan strife."

Dale Bumpers
Danny Johnson/AP / NPR

A memorial service is planned for Sunday for Dale Bumpers, the former U.S. senator and Arkansas governor who died last week. He will also be discussed by a longtime colleague during a lecture Wednesday in Little Rock.

Bumpers, who was 90, died Friday night at his home in Little Rock, three weeks after falling and breaking his hip.

The memorial service will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

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