Old School: Remembering the Brinkley Academy

Old School: Remembering the Brinkley Academy

 Changing Exhibit
 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday
  Visitors Center

 

October 24, 2017 - January 31, 2018

 

In 1893, a confederation of Missionary Baptist congregations in eastern Arkansas pooled their resources to found a residential secondary school for African-American youths. The Consolidated White River Academy or, as it was often styled, the “Brinkley Academy,” provided nearly six decades of students both direction and inspiration. Old School, a photographic display produced in conjunction with GLO-PAR/Park Central Little Rock and Office of the Arkansas Secretary of State, recalls the Academy’s story and the culture that produced it.

 

Featuring rare images of the Academy, its students and community, Old School covers a period during which public secondary education was routinely unavailable for African American youth. The Consolidated White River Academy and its peer institutions sought to remedy this deficiency, preparing young men and women for careers, college and life.

 

Old School has been organized with the cooperation of Office of the Arkansas Secretary of State The Central Delta Depot Museum, Brinkley Fargo Agricultural School Museum Arkansas History Commission GLO-PAR/Park Central