State Day to feature alumni history lecture on June 12

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Kelly HoustonJones

U of A alumnus Kelly Houston-Jones, now an assistant professor of history at Arkansas Tech University, will deliver the keynote address at the Washington County Historical Society’s annual State Day celebrations at 14 hours, Sunday, June 12, on the lawn of the headquarters house. Museum at 118 E. Dickson St. in Fayetteville.

Houston-Jones is the author of a groundbreaking book, Slavery on the ground in Arkansas, published by University of Georgia Press and the first academic update on the subject since the 1960s.

A native of Clarksville, Houston-Jones earned her doctorate in history at the U of A. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her master’s degree from the University of North Texas.

The Washington County Historical Society is one of the only historical groups in Arkansas County to continue to observe State Day with an annual address. The speech will be delivered on the porch of the Headquarters House Museum with lawn chairs provided for attendees.

Arkansas’ actual state date is June 15, but WCHS observes the date on the Sunday before the actual date each year.

Angela C. Hale