“We presented this heritage event to preserve the history of Native Americans and the people of African descent who shared relationships among them. Relationships ranged from friendship, family membership, to slavery,” said Irby.
Arkansas has dozens of inherited food dishes or entrees that are commonly prepared and eaten by Arkansans and even shared around the world, but none bear a name associated with Arkansas or a city/municipality within its borders.
The Butler Center of Arkansas Studies recently released “It’s Official! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas’s State Symbols,” authored by David Ware, a historian of the Arkansas State Capitol. It’s Official is a volume of essays that examine each of Arkansas’ officially designed symbols, outlining their beginnings, their significance at the time of their adoption, and their place in modern Arkansas.