Museum salutes history of African-American Methodism in Arkansas

Edna Ricks, chair of the African-American Task Force for the United Methodist Museum of the Arkansas Conference (UMMAC); William Brown, historian and former church historian of Wesley Chapel UMC Little Rock; Linda Baker, curator of UMMAC; and Archie Moore Jr., noted local historian, collector, speaker on African-American culture and current church historian of Wesley Chapel UMC Little Rock, were among the attendees at a March 30 reception at UMMAC. PHOTO BY DON NOLLEYThe United Methodist Museum of the Arkansas Conference (UMMAC) on March 30 held a reception to salute African-American Methodism and showcase several new gifts to its collection that are reflective of African-American Methodism in Arkansas.
African-American pastors of the Little Rock area, historians, church historians, and other African-Americans interested in United Methodist history received invitations to the reception. It included a brief program featuring Edna Ricks, chair of the African-American Task Force for UMMAC; the Rev. Don Nolley, president of the Historical Society; and museum curator Linda Baker. Following the presentation, Baker gave a guided tour of the museum. UMMAC volunteers Martha Sowell and Keith Martin also served as hosts.
Housed in downtown Little Rock at First United Methodist Church, 723 Center Street, UMMAC is open for tours by appointment. To request a tour, contact curator Linda Baker directly at 501-372-4685. UMMAC is an excellent resource for confirmation classes and other groups interested in learning more about the Methodist heritage of our area.