New Jonesboro Post Office Named after Senator Caraway

FEBRUARY 22, 2007 - Posted at 8:08 a.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - A Jonesboro post office now bears the name of the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.   The Race Street post office was re-named the Hattie W. Caraway Station during a ceremony yesterday attended by politicians and family members of the trailblazing woman senator from Jonesboro.

Congressman Marion Berry said many have come to appreciate the contributions that Caraway made not only to Arkansas but to the nation as well.

Caraway was appointed to the seat of her deceased husband, Senator Thaddeus H. Caraway, in 1931.  She was then elected to the seat in 1932 and served in the Senate until January 1945.

A display inside the post office features Caraway's time in office.  At yesterday's ceremony, Nancy Hendricks, the author of a play describing the senator's relationship with Louisiana politician Huey P. Long, appeared before the crowd dressed as Caraway.  In character, Hendricks offered some advice from Caraway, "If you want to be seen, stand up.  If you want to be heard, speak up.  If you want to be appreciated, shut up."

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