Alphonso Trent Mural, Fort Smith, Ark. Part of the 2016 Unexpected Project
Dr. Harry P. McDonald collection
McDonald wasn’t the first black doctor in Fort Smith, but he was the only black doctor for many decades. This collection covers his career and his role in the Civil Rights Movement in the area.
Dr. Angie Evans-Benham Collection
Benham was a junior at Van Buren in 1958 when the school began to integrate. Benham spoke out against angry parents in support of the black students. This collection has original letters from all over the world addressed to Benham.
Bass Reeves Collection
Reeves became the first black deputy west of the Mississippi, who was born into slavery in Arkansas. The collection consists of articles, copies of certificates, photographs, and records.
Alphonso Trent Collection
Trent was a jazz pianist and band leader from Fort Smith. The collection consists of articles, copies of certificates, photographs, and records.
Mame Stewart Josenberger
Josenberger was a Fort Smith resident, landowner, teacher, and activist, who was part of the women’s club movement. The collection consists of articles, copies of certificates, photographs, and records.
For more information about collections contact the Pebley Center https://library.uafs.edu/library/pebley-center
Dr. Harry P. McDonald, The Fort Smith Historical Society Journal Vol. 41, No. 2, September 2017 (available in the Pebley Center)
U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves