October 13, 2010
In 1920, Mississippi native Floyd Brown opened the Fargo Agricultural School near Brinkley (Monroe County). The school, modeled on Brown’s alma mater, Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, was one of the few educational institutions for African Americans in Arkansas. After many years of success, Brown sold the property to the state in 1949, and it became the Fargo Training School for Negro Girls. Brown remained as principal until his retirement in 1954. The school is commemorated by the Fargo Agricultural School Museum in Brinkley.