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This collection contains a final grant report for Lake View "Heritage Space" grant project. The project was funded through the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program, administered by the Black History Commission of Arkansas. 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 Lake View "Heritage Space" final grant report BHC.006.004 - Page 5 - 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. The collection also contains four composite photographs for C.V. White High School classes of 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1986; and four composite photographs for Lake View High School classes of 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1960.

Biographical/Historical Note

As reflected in the attached Mission - Vision Statement, the association (established in 2005, just as Lake View School District was being shuttered, after its forced merger with the Barton - Lexa School District following a long-running (15 years) court battle where Lake View challenged Arkansas' School Funding Formula), has a primary goal of restoration and preservation of photos, memorabilia and practices associated with the Lakeview Resettlement Project, which officially opened on January 1, 1938. Information and items associated with the presently incorporated town is also to be preserved and community re-building is to become a focus. Members proudly share Lake View's story whenever & wherever invited. Reunions are of major importance and seven successful biennial reunions have attracted attendees from most regions of the country. The association led a successful 2006 efforts to have state regulations changed so that nonprofit organizations could become recipients of property owned by forcefully-closed school districts; not receiving the property, It provided funds required for the city to take ownership.. Additionally, the association has sponsored semi-annual "Back to School Rallies" since 2006. The well attended rallies are designed to not only provide students with backpacks and plentiful school supplies, but to also serve as a venue where community history, other information, motivation, and a variety of gifts can be distributed. The association has an ongoing scholarship program for area high school graduates, and between 2006 and 2017, offered financial book awards to every student who had been enrolled at Lake View (grades K-11) at the time the district closed, regardless to where the student completed high school. The association eagerly cooperates with area nonprofits, other civic-oriented, and/or religious groups, as well as with the local government. Resulting collaboration has led to the delivery of more successful programs and activities.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Lake View, Phillips County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Lake View "Heritage Space" final grant report, BHC.006.004


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Lake View "Heritage Space" final grant report, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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