Date Original



The collection contains five videotaped oral histories, news clippings, and other materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

In the small community of Hoxie (Lawrence County), Arkansas, the Hoxie School Board in a financial struggle to maintain separate schooling for its white and black students, voted on June 25, 1955, to comply with Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. And, on July 11, 1955, twenty-five African American students entered the formerly all-white schools. The merger appeared to have gone well, until news of the successful integration, featured with photographs, appeared in “Life” magazine, on July 25, 1955. The spotlight caused local and outside segregationists to convene on the small community. Although, twenty-five students integrated Hoxie schools, the number slowly dwindled to twenty-one. The students that remained, became known as the Hoxie 21. “Voices Unheard,” was a project of the Hill Foundation, Incorporated with participation from the Delta Studies Program of Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, Arkansas) and the Digital Archives project of Rhodes College (Memphis, Tennessee). The project included collecting the oral histories of a former teacher, student, attorney, and residents. 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

Hoxie, Lawrence County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Voices Unheard Project collection, MS.000586


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Voices Unheard Project collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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