Civil War Tour in Helena

Civil War Tour in Helena

One “genre” of historical interpretation many forget about is the story of the African American during the Civil War in Arkansas. The story is told in very few places in the state and Helena, Arkansas is one of the main interpretative sites that tell the story of freedom west of the Mississippi River.

This photo shows a group of African Americans from all over the country that came to Helena this weekend to pay tribute to their ancestor that joined the United States Colored Troops in Helena during the Civil War. Freedom Park is a site that tells the story in five outdoor exhibits. In this photo, the editor of The Arkansas Toothpick tells the story about what happened to the two thousand slaves that found freedom in 1862 in Helena.

The site is owned and managed by the Delta Cultural Center and is located on Biscoe Ave. entering downtown from the Mississippi River Bridge/ 49 Bypass. For information on becoming a tour guide in Helena, email us info@arkansastoothpick.com.