Free Friday: Brown Bag Lunch Lecture

Kerry Kraus

You don’t need a lot of money to have a good time in Arkansas. There are ample things to see and do that don’t cost a cent. On Fridays I’ll focus on something fun in The Natural State that’s free.


Brown bagging your lunch is a great way to economize. Since it’s too hot to eat outside right now and eating at your desk is no fun, the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture is a perfect compromise. Today from noon to 1 p.m. at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, the topic of discussion is Slavery and Law in Arkansas.

According to museum officials, the presentation considers the law as a force that shaped the history of slavery in Arkansas. The law is also a valuable source for understanding how Arkansas’s masters and slaves experienced the institution. Doctoral student Kelly Jones offers a look at the way in which Arkansas legislators and courts worked to define humans as property despite the many ways daily realities and actions of the slaves themselves complicated that effort.
Jones, a native of Conway County, received a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Master’s in history from the University of North Texas. She is currently working on her PhD in history at the University of Arkansas. Her research focus is the topic of slavery in Arkansas.
Admission to the program is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch; beverages are provided. The Old State House is located at 300 West Markham in downtown Little Rock.
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