African-American Resources for Arkansas

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A list of resources of African Americans in Arkansas. Includes some church records from 1944-1983, military records from the Civil War and other research helps.

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Online Records


A Research Strategy

Archives and Libraries

Vital Records

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Death Records


George Berry Washington, Black Plantation Owner. By Iroquois Research Institute prepared for Historic Preservation Associates. - Fairfax, Va.: The Institute, 1981. - iv, 84 leaves: ill. F415.C9 W373



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Probate Records

School Records

Societies and Organizations

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS)
AAHGS Arkansas Chapter
P.O. Box 4294
Little Rock, AR 72214

Mosaic Templars of America (MTA)
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
501 W. Ninth Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 683-3593

Time Line

1859 Arkansas law ordered free Negroes and mulattoes to leave the state by the end of the year or select a master "who must give bond not to allow such Negroes to act as free."

Free Negroes were to carry at all times his "free papers"(manumission) which gave his name and description and explained just how his freedom had been obtained.

Voting Registers



  • Clark, John Franklin. A Brief History of Negro Baptists in Arkansas: A Story of Their Progress and Development, 1867-1939. Pine Bluff, Ark.: [s.n.], 1938. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Works Project Administration. Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. Arkansas Narratives, Parts 1–7. Digital version at Internet Archive made available by Project Gutenberg.