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Welcome to the new CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage. It will also benefit people outside the state who are seeking information about Arkansas. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a work in progress. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what’s new.

Photo Of The Day
Jay Lawhon

Before his career as a teacher, businessman, and philanthropist, Jay Lawhon was a heralded football player. Nicknamed “Mule,” he received a scholarship to the University of Arkansas (UA) in Fayetteville (Washington County) after graduating from Catholic High School in Little Rock (Pulaski County). As a Razorback, he was named Honorable Mention All-American. Though drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League, he suffered a knee injury that ended his football career.

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This Day in Arkansas History
April 2, 1868

The Arkansas General Assembly ratified the Fourteenth Amendment, which bestowed American citizenship upon African Americans. In response to this and other political developments, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) soon surfaced in Arkansas and began terrorizing the state’s freedmen and their supporters, as it had in other Southern states.

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