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"Them Dark Days": The Arkansas Slave Narratives

Though they were gathered three-quarters of a century after the abolition of slavery, these eyewitness accounts provide a vivid testament to one of the darkest chapters in the history of our state and nation.

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A copy of Bearing Witness: Memories of Arkansas Slavery, a compilation of Arkansas Slave Narratives edited by George E. Lankford is available in our Museum Store.