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This collections consists of the final report of grant for Curtis Sykes memorial grant program and supplementary materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

This collection contains a final grant report from the Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association, Benton, Saline County, Arkansas. The association received a Curtis H. Sykes Memorial grant in 2015 from the Black History Commission of Arkansas to erect an historical marker in honor of Bunche, the first African American to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize (1950). The Black History Commissioner of Arkansas (BHCA) was created by Act 1233 of 1991 and is composed of seven members appointed by the governor with approval of the Senate. The BHCA is charged with preserving the history of black Arkansans and black communities in Arkansas. This commission also encourages research of Arkansas’ black history and promotes teaching black history in Arkansas schools. Grants are awarded from the BHCA in a concerted effort to ensure Arkansas’ black history is collected and preserved. The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program was established in 2009 by Act 660 to honor the program’s namesake who served as chair of the commission from 1993-2007.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Benton, Saline County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association grant report and supplementary materials, BHC.001.011


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association grant report and supplementary materials, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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