Hoxie: The First Stand museum in the works

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - A group gathered on the Arkansas State University campus on Wednesday in hopes of preserving part of civil rights history.

The group shared information to help with the forming of a museum in honor of the Hoxie 21 or Hoxie: The First Stand.

Members of the Hoxie community, grant writers and other county and city officials attended the event.

The look of the museum, along with what type of exhibits could be included, was discussed.

Ethel Tompkins was among the students who helped integrate the school she says she was pleased to see so many people attend and show support for the future museum.

"It was just amazing that so many people are willing to help us with this," she said.

Tompkins said the project has been a long time coming.

"It would be fabulous to be able to be able to preserve it because I think it was (State) Representative (Fran) Cavenaugh, she made the statement, that you know we're not getting any younger," she said.  "We're losing so many of the ones that were there at the time."

This is just the first step in getting the project going and Tompkins says the leaders learned a lot during the meeting.

She said she is glad to finally see progress being made on the future museum.

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