Arkadelphia announces plans to celebrate Black History Month

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The City of Arkadelphia will be honoring African Americans who are from Arkadelphia or who have made an impact on Arkadelphia in celebration of Black History Month.

In this inaugural year, 12 honorees have been selected to have their likenesses displayed on banners in the downtown area. These banners will be displayed annually from February 1 to March 1, with additional honorees added each year.

The honorees were selected by a nominating committee of esteemed African American leaders in the community.

The inaugural class of Black History Month honorees includes:

Mary Nell Clay First Black Female Principal at Arkadelphia Public School District.
Martha Dixon Author and Entrepreneur from Arkadelphia.
Carolyn Green First Black Graduate from Ouachita Baptist University.
Maurice Horton, Sr. First Black Graduate from Henderson State University.
Sergeant James Middleton First Black Police Officer, First Black Sergeant in Arkadelphia.
Terry Nelson First Professional Football Player from Arkadelphia.
John Edward Peake Well-known Educator in Arkansas, Namesake for Peake Schools.
Ann Sanders First Black Board Member for the City of Arkadelphia.
Reverend William Terry Pastor and Community Activist during integration in Arkadelphia.
Eula Thomas First Black Chamber of Commerce member in Arkadelphia.
James Williams First Black Mayor in Arkadelphia.
Henry Wilson Clark County NAACP President and Activist in Arkadelphia.

A public ceremony celebrating the honorees and their families will be held Wednesday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. in the Town Hall Atrium.

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