Lakeport Plantation Announces Legacies Series Schedule

LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. – Lakeport Plantation, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, announced its 2017 schedule for Lakeport Legacies, a monthly talk focusing on history in the Delta.
Featured speakers will discuss a wide range of Delta topics including a history of one of Arkansas’s oldest African American churches, the Civil War in the Mississippi Delta, and a look at the Polk family’s plantations and investments from Tennessee to the Delta.

The schedule includes:
March 30 — Building Delta Plantations: Connecting Washington County, Mississippi, and Chicot County, Arkansas; Dr. Blake Wintory, assistant director and facilities manager for Lakeport Plantation.

April 28-29 — In lieu of Lakeport Legacies — Behind the Big House with Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project, Joint Program of Preserve Arkansas and Lakeport Plantation.

May 25 — An Unconventional Conveyance: Rev. Jim Kelly and New Hope Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Demetria L. Edwards, M.Div., J.D., New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, and Dr. Blake Wintory, Lakeport Plantation.

June 29 — A Case Study in Diversity: Southeast Arkansas Legislators, 1868-Jim Crow; Rodney Harris, University of Arkansas.

July 27 — Ironclads, Cotton and Corn: The Civil War in the Mississippi Delta; Jim Woodrick, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

August 31 — Grasping Shadows: Evolution of the MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum; Emily Jones, Delta State University Archives & Museum.

September 28 — The Polks’ Plantations and the Creation of Cotton Kingdom in the Old South; Dr. Kelly Jones, Austin Peay State University.

October 19 — Influence of Southeast Arkansas in the Arkansas Historical Association; Maylon Rice, Arkansas Historical Association; program on third Thursday will start at 5:30 p.m. due to DST/Standard Time change.

Lakeport Legacies meets on the last Thursday of each month from March through October at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and conversation. The program begins at 6 p.m. Note exception in the schedule. All events are free and open to the public.

The Lakeport Plantation is located at 601 Hwy 142, Lake Village, Ark. Guests are asked to RSVP by calling Wintory, at (870) 265-6031. For more information, visit

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