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The collection contains photographs and photographic prints of people, churches, and schools that were donated by several contributors. It also contains oral history interviews.

Biographical/Historical Note

“About Our People: The Black History of Malvern” was a project of Greater New Hope Baptist Church to research and document the African American history of Malvern, Hot Spring County, Arkansas. The project included the collection of photographs from several contributors and an oral history project of residents. In 1859, Greater New Hope Baptist Church was established on a plantation in Saginaw, Hot Spring County, Arkansas. It was renamed Greater New Hope in 1865 after the end of the Civil War, with Reverend Balm W. Whitlow as its first pastor. Outside views of Greater New Hope and other area churches were photographed for the project and contributors submitted pictures of families and other community related subjects, including some items from the scrapbook of Sophronia Tuggle, a retired teacher (Tuggle Elementary, a Rosenwald school, built in 1929 was named in her honor). Photographs include Wilson High School (open from 1950-1970); and the Woods Sisters (a gospel singing group known throughout the country and members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church). Greater New Hope Baptist Church published a book entitled, “About Our People, The Black History of Malvern,” in 2000 that contains more history and images of the town’s African American history. The project was made possible with a Black History Grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and Black History Advisory Committee (now the Black History Commission of Arkansas).

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Malvern, Hot Spring County (Ark.)





Resource Type



About Our People: The Black History of Malvern, MS.000359


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

"About our People: The Black History of Malvern, Arkansas," Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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