The Arkansas State Archives is pleased to announce the 2019 elected officers for the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission.
Carla Coleman, of Little Rock, and Jason Hendren, of Bentonville, were reelected by their peers to serve in chair positions for the Black History Commission and History Commission, respectively. Dr. Micheal Tarver, of Clarksville, is the new vice-chairman of the History Commission, and Dr. Jesse Hargrove, of Alexander, is the new vice-chairman of the Black History Commission.
The Arkansas History Commission is administered by a seven-member board appointed by the governor with the approval of the state senate. The commission reviews Arkansas State Archives projects and expenditures quarterly. Besides Hendren and Tarver, members are: Jimmy Bryant, of Conway; Mary Dillard, of Malvern; Ronald Ruller, of Little Rock; Robert McCarley, of Little Rock; and Rod Soubers, of Mountain Home.
The Black History Commission works to promote, preserve and memorialize the contributions and impact of African American Arkansans. Besides Hargrove and Coleman, commissioners are: Patricia Johnson, of Pocahontas; Rev. Frank H. Stewart, of Conway; Elise Hampton, of Conway; Myron Jackson, of Little Rock; and Dr. Cherrise Jones Branch, of Jonesboro.
Coleman was appointed to the Black History Commission in 2004. She was first elected chairwoman in 2008. Hendren was appointed to the History Commission in 2017 and was elected chairman last year. Drs. Hargrove and Tarver both were appointed to their respective commissions last year.
The officers were elected to their positions during regular meetings earlier this year.
The public is welcome to attend commission meetings. The Black History Commission will meet next at noon, Thursday, May 9, in the Heritage Room of the Department of Arkansas Heritage at 1100 North St. in Little Rock. The History Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Powhatan Historic State Park at 4414 Highway 25.