The University Museum and Cultural Center is housed at Childress Hall on the campus of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff .
University Museum and Cultural Center
Illustrating the Story of Life at the University and in The Delta
The UAPB Museum and Cultural Center was established to provide a permanent home for its centerpiece collection titled Keepers of the Spirit: The L.A. Davis Sr. Historical Collection.
Exhibits interpret the history of UAPB via a collection of artifacts such as catalogs, yearbooks, photos and letters to and from the university. The oldest are original pictures dating back to the late 1800s. A prized item is the teaching license of Peter Plunkett Flowers from 1900, signed by Joseph Carter Corbin, founder and first principal of Branch Normal College.
Displays illustrating UAPB life include the Miss UAPB display
and The Divine Nine: History of Greek Life at UAPB. The popular Michelle Obama exhibit commemorates her visit to UAPB as commencement speaker in 2010.
Other exhibits illustrate life in the Arkansas Delta, including Welcome Home: Things Aren’t What They Used To Be, a collection of kitchen tools from 1900 through 1950.
Also housed at the museum is the Isaac Scott Hathaway Collection, which includes a trove of pottery and several death masks. The collection includes the first coins depicting African Americans George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington.
Although the museum is located on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus and its collection is UAPB-focused, the center will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of the Arkansas Delta.
For more information regarding group tours, upcoming classes, events or traveling exhibits, call 870.575.8234.