UALR Archive Center Opens New Johnny Cash Exhibit

Banner announcing Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon opening October 10, 2014, at Arkansas Studies InstituteThe University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) has announced the opening of “Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon,” an exhibit in the Underground Gallery at the Arkansas Studies Institute. The Center is celebrating the opening tonight with a free concert featuring the W. S. Holland Band.

“Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon” explores the musician’s Arkansas connections from his 1930s childhood in Dyess, Arkansas, through his comeback at the turn of the 21st century. Placing special emphasis on relationships between his Arkansas roots and his music—from his first performance in Little Rock in 1955 to a 2002 music video—the exhibit tells Cash’s story through narrative and archival photographs from CAHC’s own collections and other collections around the country.

Along with the physical exhibit, the Center has also debuted a website with a virtual exhibit and expanded content, materials for teachers to use in the classroom, and information about planning a visit. The website is open now at of Johnny Cash performing for Winthrop Rockefeller's campaign

Tonight’s concert in the Ron Robinson Theater starts at 6:45 with Jeff Coleman and the Feeders, and the W. S. Holland Band performs at 7:30. W. S. Holland spent 40 years performing in Johnny Cash’s band. Both performances are free but seating is limited.

The exhibit is free and runs through January 24, 2015, at the Arkansas Studies Institute in Little Rock’s River Market District. Contact CAHC for more information: 501.320.5780 or

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