Famous Arkansans

Who doesn’t love music? Whether it’s blues, country, pop, rock, gospel…you name it…music speaks to us all. Over the next few weeks, musical events in the Arkansas Delta celebrate the music that we all love. On Sept. 15-16, Walnut Ridge commemorates the town’s musical history of the Fab Four with Beatles at the Ridge. In September …
This September marks 60 years since nine brave young black students began the fight to uphold the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Ed. that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional—simply by attempting to set foot inside the all-white Little Rock Central High School. The events of that month and those that followed …
Famous Arkansan and musician Glen Campbell passed away yesterday at the age of 81. Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 and had recently been living in a permanent care facility in Nashville, Tennessee. A native of Delight in Pike County, Campbell was considered a pioneer in the field, harnessing accolades such as multiple …
Three free events taking place at downtown Little Rock museums this summer will take you back in time—and we’d expect nothing less from the Arkansas Department of Heritage! The first takes place this weekend at the Old State House Museum, which served as Arkansas’s State Capitol from 1836 to 1911, when construction was completed on …
May is definitely “merry,” but in the Arkansas Delta this month, it’s absolutely “musical!” Village Creek State Park in Wynne hosts the annual Pickin’ in the Park on May 3-6. There will be music throughout the day each day. Everyone is invited to bring their instrument and sit in with any of the bands playing …
Lum and Abner was a popular radio show in the U.S. that aired from 1932 to 1954. Chester Lauck played Lum and Norris Goff played Abner. Both Lauck and Goff moved to Mena in 1911 and lived there until their move into show business. In the show they played the co-owners of the Jot ’em …
You’re probably familiar with William Grant Still as a major figure in the world of classical music and opera. Still, who grew up in Little Rock, broke barrier after barrier in his career as an African-American composer: first to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, first to conduct a major orchestra himself, and …
Visitors to Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery have long appreciated Kevin Delaney’s special brand of “scientainment.” As the museum’s director of visitor experience, he’s responsible for making sure your kids have a blast hanging out at the museum and marveling at demonstrations wherein he blows things up, sets things aflame, sends things flying and even creates …
The Harlem Globetrotters will make a stop in El Dorado January 30 during their 2017 World Tour. They are set to play at the El Dorado Wildcat Arena at 2000 Wildcat Drive at 7 p.m. El Dorado native, Globetrotter and Basketball Hall of Famer, Goose Tatum will be honored prior to the game. Tatum was …
“I have ever had the single aim of justice in view… ‘Do equal and exact justice,’ is my motto, and I have often said to the grand jury, ‘Permit no innocent man to be punished, but let no guilty man escape.'” -Judge Isaac C. Parker, 1896 Since the 1940s, Wild West stories of Fort Smith, …