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The materials in this collection include multi-colored printed ephemera McIntosh distributed at his restaurant and locally on car windshields. Topics included pertain to political figures in Arkansas, police abuse against the black communities, and propaganda against gangs, alcohol, and drugs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert “Say” McIntosh was born in Osceola, Mississippi County, Arkansas, in 1943, as one of eleven children. His family moved to the Granite Mountain area in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1949, where he attended Horace Mann High School. McIntosh dropped out of high school in the tenth grade and began working at various restaurants around Little Rock. He opened his own restaurant and became known as “The Sweet Potato Pie King of Little Rock”. In the 1970s, McIntosh was named Arkansan of the Year by the Arkansas Democrat for taking on the role of “Black Santa”, distributing toys to underprivileged children in the housing projects. In 1976, he gave away free Thanksgivings dinners to hundreds of poor Little Rock citizens. Governor David Pryor declared December 24, 1976 as Robert “Say” McIntosh Day in honor of his services to the local community. During the last 1970s, McIntosh began taking part in political activism and protests in support of black communities.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Robert “Say” McIntosh printed ephemera, SMC.0171.0013


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Robert “Say” McIntosh printed ephemera, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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