In honor of Black History Month, Preserve Arkansas will present "Behind the Big House" on March 23 and 24.
Preserve Arkansas is partnering with the Arkansas Humanities Council, Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Historic Arkansas Museum to take a step back in time and learn about slaves' living quarters and the people who inhabited them.
On Friday, March 23, Jerome Bias of Stagville State Historic Site in North Carolina will prepare a sampling of foods based on slaves' diets in the Historic Arkansas Museum’s Brownlee Kitchen. The museum’s living history staff will portray enslaved people who once lived and worked on or near the museum property, and Joseph McGill, founder of the South Carolina-based Slave Dwelling Project, will prepare to sleep in the Brownlee Kitchen and Slave Quarters.
A full day of programming will take place on Saturday, March 24, inside the Museum’s Ottenheimer Theater with additional presentations by Bias and McGill, along with Dr. Jodi Skipper of the University of Mississippi, Dr. Jodi Barnes of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Historic Arkansas Museum's Hattie Felton, Victoria Garrett, Caroline Millar and Felicia Richardson.
The workshop will take place March 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and March 24 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock.
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so you're encouraged to register online here by March 9. Registration does not include lunch, but boxed lunches are an option for $15. Educators may receive professional development credit hours for participating in this event.
For more information and the full schedule, call (501) 372-4757 or visit the Preserve Arkansas website.