October 2, 1998
The Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame opened with a permanent home in the Pine Bluff Convention Center in Jefferson County. Created to celebrate Arkansans who have made outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry, the museum honors performers, non-performing contributors (such as writers, directors, and producers), and pioneers in the entertainment industry. A life-size animatronic statue of Johnny Cash greets visitors with some of the most popular songs of his career. Many other well-known Arkansas entertainers, both performing and non-performing, who have been inducted into the hall of fame have contributed artifacts to the exhibits that represent their achievements. For example, the museum houses Bob Burns’s “bazooka” as well as the musical instruments and clothing of other performers.