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Events for May 3, 0012 - November 3

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Kelly Houston Jones: “A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Kelly Houston Jones

Kelly Houston Jones will discuss her recently published book on the experience of slavery in Arkansas, A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas (University of Georgia Press, 2021). Enslaved people’s labor changed the meaning of Arkansas’s acreage, while their labor transformed its landscape. They made the most of their surroundings despite the brutality and increasing labor demands of the cotton frontier,

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Carla Hines Coleman – “The Meaning of Commemoration: Why We Should Commemorate African American Cemeteries and Burial Grounds”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Carla Hines Coleman

Carla Hines Coleman serves by appointment of the governor as chairman of the Black History Commission of Arkansas. She is also the chairperson of the City of Little Rock’s Oakland Fraternal Cemetery Park Board and is a charter member of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society (Arkansas Chapter). She lives in Little Rock with her husband John and is the mother of two very productive and smart children and grandmother to four grandchildren.

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Sean Fitzgibbon – “What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Sean Fitzgibbon

What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel is an upcoming work of documentary-style graphic nonfiction exploring the true stories surrounding the Crescent Hotel’s strange and tragic two years as the Baker Hospital, a Depression-era cancer hospital. This 240-page fully painted graphic narrative blends oral histories, newspaper articles, and quack medicine promotor Norman Baker’s own vanity biography to examine the complicated history and mythologies surrounding yesteryear’s monsters.

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Eric Juhnke: “Quacks and Crusaders in Arkansas Medicine”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Eric Juhnke

Focusing on the careers of infamous medical quacks John Brinkley—who made a fortune in medical quackery, radio, and advertising in Texas before opening the Brinkley Hospitals in Little Rock—and Norman Baker—who opened an “alternative medicine” hospital in the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs—historian Eric Juhnke will examine what drew in many of their patients and supporters. Research reveals that few “victims” were desperate suckers or deranged fanatics.

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