Creator

Date Original

1956 May 12

Description

Photographs were taken for an article celebrating the 100th birthday of Mary Davidson. The Arkansas Democrat was entitled "100 on Friday, 13th, Lady Isn’t Worried," by Democrat staff writer George Douthit and published in 1956.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Arkansas Confederate Home was established in 1890 by the Ex-Confederate Association of Arkansas to care for the needs of indigent Confederate soldiers and their widows. The nursing home occupied a remodeled residence near Sweet Home, south of Little Rock, on sixty acres of land purchased by the association. When the Arkansas Legislature established a $10,000 annual appropriation for the upkeep of the home in 1891, the Association deeded the property to the State. A new building was constructed in 1892 and by 1915 the institution housed 130 residents. In the following years occupancy declined. In 1955, a new, smaller Confederate Home was built on the grounds of the Deaf and Blind schools in Little Rock. In 1961, with only eight residents remaining, the Legislature voted to close the Home and transfer the remaining patients to nursing homes. The Home was closed in 1963 and the building use transferred to the Blind and Deaf schools.

Physical Description

Photograph, 10" x 8"

Subjects

Arkansas Confederate Home

Geographical Area

Pulaski County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

G5846.1

Resource Type

Image

Collection

General photo file

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Mary Davidson, resident of the Arkansas Confederate Home, making up her bed, General photo file, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

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United States History

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Mary Davidson, resident of the Arkansas Confederate Home, making up her bed

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