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The collection contains biographies, church and school histories, programs, and photographs. It also includes material from the "History is in Our Hands" project (2005).

Biographical/Historical Note

"First Things First," was a project initiated in 1998 to research and document the African American history of Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas. It was sponsored by P.H.O.E.B.E/The Uzuri Project. The organization was founded by Cheryl Batts, Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1997 to collect and preserve the city's African American history. Several history projects have been conducted with the goal of documenting all aspects of community life, including people, churches, schools, businesses, social, and fraternal organizations. A program entitled "First Things First," was held on February 21, 1998, at Nazarene Baptist Church to honor long-time residents and their accomplishments. P.H.O.E.B.E. volunteers collected photographs and completed biographies for the program. The group also exhibited at the Langston High School reunion to focus awareness on the city's African American heritage. “First Things First,” was a project of P.H.O.E.B.E./The Uzuri Project of Hot Springs, Arkansas. The project was made possible with a Black History Grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, and the Black History Advisory Committee (now the Black History Commission of Arkansas).

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Hot Springs, Garland County (Ark.)





Resource Type



First Things First Project records, MS.000560


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

First Things First Project records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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