Happy Fourth Anniversary to Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Second Friday Art Night on Sept. 14 serves a dual purpose for the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in downtown Little Rock. In addition to being a celebration of art, it will also be a fourth birthday party for the facility.

Live music by Ed Bowman and the Rock City Players, the opportunity to view the latest exhibit, Voices Through the Viewfinder: Images of Arkansas’s Black Community by Ralph Armstrong, plus anniversary cake and refreshments are on the evening’s schedule. There is no charge and hours are 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

The museum, whose purpose is to tell the story of Arkansas’s African American history, is housed in the reconstructed home of what was headquarters for the Mosaic Templars of America organization. Founded in Little Rock in 1883, the black fraternal organization offered illness, death, and burial insurance to African Americans at a time when white insurers refused to treat black customers equally.

The cultural center, which is also home to the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, is located at 501 West Ninth Street. E-mail info@mosaictemplarscenter.com or phone 501-683-3593 for more information.

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