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Museum preserves Craighead County's African American heritage

E. Boone Watson Center - Roger McKinney
Brandon Tabor
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KASU
Roger McKinney (far left) is the City of Jonesboro building supervisor for the E. Boone Watson Center and the curator of its Craighead County-Jonesboro African-American Cultural Center. He's giving a tour of one of the exhibits inside of the museum.

There are several museums across the Mid-South that highlights Black history, such as the National Civil Rights museum in Memphis, the Eddie Mae Heron Center in Pocahontas, and the Northern Ohio schoolhouse at the Parkin Archeological State Park.

But, a lesser known museum explores the desegregation of schools in Craighead County and the accomplishments of African-Americans in Jonesboro. KASU's Brandon Tabor spoke to Roger McKinney, the City of Jonesboro building supervisor for the E. Boone Watson Center and curator of the Craighead County-Jonesboro African-American Cultural Center located inside.

The museum and the center are both available for tours by calling the city parks and recreations department at 870-933-4604.

A Northeast Arkansas native from Wynne, I’ve been involved with radio for about 15 years. I got my Bachelor of Arts degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where I also served as an award-winning News Director for 2 years at KSWH-LP.