JONESBORO, AR - Arkansas independent television producer Jack Hill has produced a documentary, "Lakeport Lives On," that will air on educational and commercial television stations in Arkansas and surrounding areas during April and May.
A premiere of the film will be held Wednesday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in Room 182 of the ASU Museum.
The program, which focuses largely on the African-American heritage associated with Lakeport Plantation and the Lakeport Plantation House, was made possible through a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Broadcast partnership is being sponsored by ASU. The Lakeport Plantation was established before the Civil War by Kentuckian Joel Johnson, and the house was built in 1859 for Lycurgus and Lydia Taylor Johnson. Their descendants remained there until it was sold in 1927 to Sam Epstein.
The house is the only remaining plantation home on the Mississippi River, and is now open to the public, thanks to a gift in 2001 to ASU from the Sam Epstein Angel family.