36th Annual AJHA Convention
Little Rock | Oct. 12-14, 2017
Friday, Oct. 13 ♦ Departing from hotel lobby at 12:30 p.m.
Little Rock Central High School became infamous for its place in the history of school desegregation as nine African-American teenagers attempting to attend school faced angry mobs in September 1957. The National Park Service offers daily tours of the historic site, which still is an operating educational facility. AJHA members will take the 1 p.m. tour, which lasts approximately 2 hours.
Tour-goers also will visit the Testament Little Rock Nine Memorial, outside the Arkansas State Capitol.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Named for the Mosaic Templars of America--an African-American fraternal organization founded in 1883--the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center interprets Arkansas's African-American history from 1870 to the present. State-of-the-art interactive exhibits celebrate achievements of African-American Arkansans in business, politics, and the arts while educating visitors on challenges African Americans have faced in the segregated South. AJHA members will be free to tour the center until it closes at 5 p.m. It is eight blocks from the hotel (approx. 1/2 mile) if tour-goers wish to leave early.