Mitchell is featured speaker in Feb. 6 symposium on African American Migration in Arkansas

Dr. Brian Mitchell

Dr. Brian Mitchell, assistant professor of history at UA Little Rock, will serve as one of three presenters in a virtual symposium about the migration of Black Americans in Arkansas.

The symposium, “African American Migration in Arkansas: Where Did My People Go?”, will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The event is presented by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas State Archives. In addition to Mitchell, the symposium’s presenters include Story Matkin-Rawn and Kenneth Barnes, who teach history at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

During the symposium, the speakers will discuss: “African Americans, Arkansas, and the Other Great Migration 1865-1920,” “Any Place but Here: The 1860 Expulsion of Free Blacks from Arkansas,” and “Arkansas’s African Migration Movement in the late 1800s.”

The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at this link.

For more information, contact Tatyana Oyinloye, coordinator of African American History Program, at Tatyana.oyinloye@arkansas.gov at 501-682-6900.

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