New Effort to Repair Bates House Receives $75,000

DECEMBER 11, 2006 - Posted at 3:03 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A new campaign to restore the Little Rock home of civil rights pioneers L.C. and Daisy Bates has received $75,000.

The donation, from AT&T, marks the start of the effort to repair the home on West 28th Street. The campaign wants to make the home more accessible for tours and allow it to be operated as a museum. Officials estimate the total project will cost $180,000.

In 1941, the Bateses founded the Arkansas State Press and turned the weekly newspaper into a leading voice of the civil rights movement. Their home was where the Little Rock Nine gathered each day in the fall of 1957 before facing the mob at Little Rock Central High School.

The home also became the central point for civil rights leaders to meet.

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