From the Civil War to Central High School: The Legacy of Richard Toombs
CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH
Speaker: Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy specialist, CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
The United States experienced many changes between April 1861 and April 1961, and placing an individual family within this context brings this eventful time period to life. Richard Toombs served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, and nearly a century later, his grandsons, Willie and Preston Toombs, were part of the legal quest to end segregation in Little Rock’s public schools. CALS’s local history and genealogy expert Rhonda Stewart explores the events of the Civil War and of the Central High Crisis, documenting a century of history through the eyes of the Toombs family of Little Rock, Arkansas, and giving a personal glimpse into one family’s journey and impact on the American story.
Legacies & Lunch is a free monthly program of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies about Arkansas-related topics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Legacies & Lunch will be available on Facebook Live.
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