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Sixth Annual Conference:
"Hidden Records: The Truths of our Past"
Saturday, February 21, 2004
9:30 AM - 4:50 PM

Co-sponsors: Historic Arkansas Museum &
Arkansas Black History Advisory Committee

Historic Arkansas Museum
3rd & Scott Streets
Little Rock, AR  72201

Conference Schedule

9:30 - 9:50 AM Registration
9:50 -10:00 AM Welcome:
Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis, President AAHGS AR
Swannee Bennett, Curator-HAM 
Purpose & Libation: Dr. Patricia McGraw
10:00 -10:45 AM The Hidden Truths of Oakland and Fraternal Cemeteries
Presenter: Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis
10:50 -11:50 AM The Hidden Truths of Slave Owners
Featured Speaker: Khadijah Matin
11:50 - 12:00 NOON 10 Minute Break
12:00 -12:45 PM The Hidden Truths Found in Family Documents 
Presenter: Carla Hines Coleman
12:45 -2:00 PM Lunch, Exhibits & Book Signings
2:00 - 2:45 PM The Hidden Parallels of Black Folklore
Presenter: Dr. Patricia "mPata" McGraw
2:50 - 3:35 PM The Hidden Riches in Black History
Presenter: Alice Marie Stewart
3:35 - 3:45 PM 10 Minute Break
3:45 - 4:45 PM The Hidden Truths of Homesteaders and Wagon Train Leaders
Featured Speaker: Khadijah Matin

Workshop Descriptions

Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis, The Hidden Truths of Oakland & Fraternal Cemeteries, will discuss how Oakland and Fraternal Cemeteries; across the street from one another, were both maintained, yet so differently by the City of Little Rock and how Jim Crow still managed to have a career in graveyards.

Khadijah Matin, The Hidden Truths of Slave Owners, explains that often the assumption is made that all slave owners were white....all the slaves were black.  As we conduct more genealogical research we learn that there were many different complexions to the face of slave masters, including members of the so-called Five Civilized Tribes.

Carla Hines Coleman, The Hidden Truths Found in Family Documents, will share her methods of genealogy research in tracing the Leman-Hines  family back to the mid 1800's and will share, through family documents, how the whereabouts, careers and affluence of a family can be traced even through letter writing.

Dr. Patricia "mPata" McGraw, The Hidden Parallels of Black Folklore, presents a well-rounded social history of the Afrikan American through humor, and demonstrates the close relationship between folklore and orthodox history.

Alice Marie Stewart, The Hidden Riches in Black History, teaches how you can research and document the history of your community as she gives full detail and historical facts from her efforts in preserving the Black History of Malvern,  AR.

Khadijah Matin, The Hidden Truths of Homesteaders and Wagon Train Leaders. Westward ho!...watching the old movies, the picture of homesteaders and wagon-train leaders show only white and very little details of the day-to-day existence of the homesteaders, particularly after 1900.  In sharing the story of John Grant Pegg, (an African American) of Omaha, a different story emerges ... including, how homesteading was about economic growth, love and commitment.

Pre-Registration is recommended:
$10.00   Students
$10.00   Members (attending but not working conference)
$15.00   Non-members
$20.00   On-site registration

Participants will receive a workshop syllabus and a catered lunch is included with the pre-registration. The deadline for pre-registration is February 15, 2002. Anyone wishing to purchase a conference syllabus may send a check for $5.00 (unbound) or $8.00 (with binder) made out to:

P.O. Box 4294
Little Rock, AR  72214

For more information contact Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis, 501-221-3824 or Stefania Booth, 501-663-8208 or

Program Committee:
Stefanie Booth
Charles Bowers
Linda Hampton
Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis