Kathleen Cande (CO) and Mary Beth Trubitt (HSU Arkadelphia Research Station)
For several years in the early 2000s, the Arkansas legislature designated funds to the Arkansas Humanities Council (AHC) for a grant program devoted to researching and preserving African-American cemeteries in the state. Individuals and organizations receiving these grants were encouraged to provide information on the cemeteries for the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s archeological site database. Survey research station archeologists assisted those applying for grants by serving as humanities scholars. While this special grant program no longer exists, the AHC continues to provide support for organizations interested in cemetery preservation.