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This collection contains church anniversary programs of some Little Rock Baptist and African Methodist Episcopal churches from 1945 to 1982, and Scipio A. Jones High School (formerly known as the Argenta Colored School and Hickory Street School and named for Jones in 1928) yearbooks and graduation exercise programs from 1932 to 1958. The school, which was located in North Little Rock, Arkansas, closed in 1970.

Biographical/Historical Note

Carolyn Owens Hervey is a retried genealogist and local historian. She specialized in African American family and slave genealogical research, having traced her own family back to the colonial and antebellum periods of American history. Hervey, who had previously worked part-time at the Arkansas History Commission, returned and worked from 1997 to 2007, before retiring from her position as Library Technical Assistant. She guided many African American genealogists through the complexities of African American genealogy during her time in the research room and through her presentations at conferences and workshops. In 1998, Hervey was the recipient of the Susie Pryor Award for Arkansas women’s history for her paper, “Worthy of the Upper Rounds: Little Rock’s Early Black Female School Teachers.” She served on the board of the Arkansas Genealogical Society from 2001 to 2008 and assisted in the establishment of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Arkansas Chapter, founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, by Ronnie A. Nichols in 1997. Through the years, she has been featured in local and national media interviews including "Southern Living," December 1989, and the "Wall Street Journal," March 24, 2000.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Carolyn Owens Hervey collection, MS.000546


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Carolyn Owens Hervey collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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