Arkansas History

Milton Pitts Crenchaw
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A memorial service is set for Tuesday at the Arkansas state Capitol for former Tuskeegee Airman Milton Crenchaw. He died November 17th at the age of 96.

A native of Little Rock, Crenchaw was among the last surviving instructors of the group, which included the first African-Americans to fly combat missions in World War II.

The service begins at 1:30 p.m. in the first floor Rotunda and will include the unveiling of a portrait by Crenchaw’s family members.

Hoga
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The Hoga, a World War II tugboat, became the newest addition to the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum Monday, two weeks before the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Ship horns greeted the arrival of the boat, officially classified a Navy yard tug. “That is our honorary submarine welcoming our lovely tugboat,” said Allison Hibblong, the museum’s director of operations.

Milton Pitts Crenchaw
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Milton Pitts Crenchaw, a flight instructor who trained many of the U.S. military's Tuskegee Airmen, has died in Georgia. He was 96.

Crenchaw's daughter, Dolores Singleton, said he died Tuesday at Piedmont Henry Hospital near Atlanta after battling cardiovascular disease and pneumonia.

Singleton said her father, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, was among the last surviving instructors of the Tuskegee Airmen. They were the first African-Americans to fly combat airplanes in World War II.

A Confederate flag merged with the flag of the League of the South flag.
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Tens of thousands of Southerners rallied this year in defense of an identity they believe is under assault: a veneration of a Confederate heritage. It’s difficult to parcel through just who comprises this movement but some say extremists within it are finding a voice.

Central High School
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A new mobile app providing users with a tour of Little Rock’s civil rights history is launching Monday. The city of Little Rock partnered with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity to develop the app. It features information on 35 stops with stories of people and places important to Arkansas’s civil rights history. 

A committee has chosen a new mascot for a Fort Smith high school after the school board voted to phase out the Rebels mascot.

KHBS-TV reports the committee voted for the Mavericks as the new Southside High School mascot. The moniker received 25 votes, while Patriots received three votes.

The committee met Monday to consider the top names picked by students. The Mavericks and Spartans were the top two vote-getters among students.

First Ladies (left to right) Susan Hutchinson, Ginger Beebe, Janet Huckabee, Betty Tucker, Gay White, and Barbara Pryor.
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Six of Arkansas’s First Ladies hosted supporters of the Old State House Museum’s Inaugural Gown exhibit Tuesday on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman compiled this audio post-card of the first ladies and their gowns. 

Funds are being raised to restore gowns dating back to 1889 and to expand the First Ladies exhibit beyond the garments at the Old State House.

Anne Frank Tree
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton will be back in Arkansas to speak Friday at the opening of a permanent installation at his presidential library which invokes the spirit of a young Jewish girl who hid with her family from the Nazis during World War II.

A young sapling called the Anne Frank Tree will be unveiled. It comes from an original white horse chestnut tree that stood outside the building in Amsterdam that housed her family and which Frank wrote about in her now famous diary.

Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame Honors ‘True Blood’ Author

Sep 8, 2015
Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame
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Tickets are on sale now for the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Class of 2015 will be honored September 29 at Noah’s Event Center in Little Rock. The Hall honors individuals with Arkansas connections who have made significant contributions to the entertainment arts. The exhibits commemorating the members are permanently housed on display in the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

This year’s inductees include:

Dr. John Kirk at KUAR in Little Rock.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

KUAR catches up with the new head of UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity Dr. John Kirk to talk about his mission, perceptions of the state takeover of the Little Rock School District, and where Black Lives Matter fits in the narrative of the civil rights movement.

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