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5 Fun Facts About February 3 In Arkansas History

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1. Honoring Daisy Bates: On February 3, 2001, the Arkansas state legislature declared the day as "Daisy Bates Day" in honor of the civil rights activist who played a crucial role in the integration of Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

2. Statehood Anniversary: February 3, 1836, marks the anniversary of Arkansas becoming the 25th state to join the United States. The decision was made official with the signature of President Andrew Jackson.

3. Ebony Fashion Fair: The Ebony Fashion Fair, which showcased the works of African American fashion designers, made its debut in Little Rock on February 3, 1978, at Robinson Auditorium. The show was the brainchild of Eunice Johnson, wife of John H. Johnson, the publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines.

4. Delta Musician Birthdays: Two famous musicians from the Arkansas Delta were born on February 3. Al Green, the soul and R&B singer known for hits like "Let's Stay Together," was born in Forrest City in 1946. Cedric Burnside, the Grammy-nominated blues musician and grandson of legendary bluesman R. L. Burnside, was born in Memphis but grew up in Holly Springs, Mississippi, just across the border from Arkansas.

5. Pea Ridge National Military Park: On February 3, 1956, Pea Ridge National Military Park was established to commemorate the Battle of Pea Ridge, which took place on March 7-8, 1862, during the Civil War. The park covers 4,300 acres and includes a museum, visitor center, and hiking trails.
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