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Recent Grant Award

The NWAAAHA received a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council to continue some of the work that we had begun with Baldwin Cemetery in Washington County.

The Arkansas Archeological Survey is an important part of documenting this burial ground reserved for Blacks.

Our Mission

NWA-African American Heritage Association prepares students, beginning in the early grades to become voices and recorders of history in Northwest Arkansas. We engage youth from the Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville, local high schools, and students at the University of Arkansas as well as individuals at local adult community centers. These individuals help to bestow a sense of pride and volunteerism to the community. Another result of our mission is the building of character and self-esteem in youth as they accomplish this important work.

Recovering History

It has been largely kept a mystery that Blacks were enslaved in areas of Northwest Arkansas; the story goes that the business of slavery was conducted in the Delta on large plantations, not here. However, there were enslaved African Americans in Northwest Arkansas beginning in the early 1800's. The NWA-AAHA, in collaboration with our community, uncovers information that is a factual reflection of the development of our region into what it is today.

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