July 21, 2009
Journalist and author Harry Ashmore, a South Carolina native, was hired in 1947 as an editorial writer for the Arkansas Gazette. He soon became the papers executive editor. Though an accomplished author, he is best known for his acclaimed series of editorials on the 1957 desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock (Pulaski County), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. He is shown here with his wife at a going-away party prior to his 1959 departure to join the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in California.