(ARKANSAS CITY, Ark.) – In celebration of John H. Johnson Day, the Division of Arkansas State Parks will host a groundbreaking event on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the site of the future John H. Johnson Park, adjacent to the Delta Heritage Trail State Park Robert S. Moore Jr. Arkansas City Trailhead. The groundbreaking will start at 1 p.m., and plans for the park will be presented.

Born in Arkansas City, John H. Johnson is well known for founding Johnson Publishing Company, which published the influential Black magazines Ebony and Jet.

As part of the day’s celebration, Friends of John H. Johnson Museum has events planned at the Desha County Courthouse grounds prior to and after the groundbreaking.  A “Salute to Ebony Fashion Fair and Fashion Show” will start at noon. An awards ceremony will start at 3 p.m. The Mann Middle School Dance Ensemble, as well as Justin Anders and the UA-Monticello Jazz Combo will perform. 

Funding for the park is made possible by the Walton Family Foundation and Arkansas State Parks. The park is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.

For media inquiries, please contact Jeff LeMaster at jeff.lemaster@arkansas.gov or call 501-324-9611.

Delta Heritage Trail State Park

Delta Heritage Trail State Park offers a unique opportunity to experience the rich cultural and natural landscape of the Arkansas Delta. Currently under development, over 40 miles is open for hiking and cycling on a former rail line under the national Rail to Trails program. The park also features camping, a visitor center, bicycle rentals and outdoor day-use facilities. When complete, the trail will continue for more than 80 miles.

Arkansas State Parks

Arkansas State Parks is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Arkansas state parks and museums cover 54,400 acres of forest, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation facilities, and unique historic and cultural resources. Established in 1923, Arkansas State Parks preserve special places for future generations, provide quality recreation and education opportunities, enhance the state’s economy through tourism and provide leadership in resource conservation. Connect with ASP on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and visit ArkansasStateParks.com and ArkansasStateParks.com/media to learn more.

Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism

The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism protects and promotes our state’s natural, cultural and historic assets, contributing to a thriving economy and high quality of life. It is made up of three divisions: Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Tourism. Stacy Hurst serves as the cabinet secretary for the department.

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