Celebration postponed until Feb. 6
By EMMA MILNER | City of Arkadelphia
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 likeness 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 Schools
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
Sgt. James Middleton, first black police officer, first black sergeant at Arkadelphia Police Department
Terry Nelson, first NFL football player from Arkadelphia
John Edward Peake, well-known educator in Arkansas and namesake of Peake Schools
Ann Sanders, first black city board member for the City of Arkadelphia
Rev. A. 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 Monday, February 6, at 10
a.m. in the Town Hall Atrium.
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