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5 Fun Facts About June 25 In Arkansas History

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1. On June 25, 1982, former Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus died in Conway at the age of 77. Faubus opposed desegregation efforts in the state during the Civil Rights Movement and is best known for his role in the Little Rock Nine crisis in 1957.

2. In 1920, the Arkansas Gazette reported on a lynching that took place on June 25 in Newport, Arkansas. A mob of white men lynched a black man named William Aubrey during a race riot that broke out after a black man was accused of assaulting a white woman.

3. On June 25, 1991, the Arkansas State Police Academy graduated its first class of female troopers. The three women who graduated, Karen Wilkerson, Tammy Walton, and Jennifer Carter, paved the way for more women to enter law enforcement in the state.

4. In 1919, a giant dust storm swept over Little Rock on June 25, causing damage to buildings and crops. The storm, which originated in the Great Plains, was part of a larger phenomenon known as the Dust Bowl.

5. June 25 is also National Catfish Day in the United States, and Arkansas is known for its catfish industry. In fact, the largest supplier of farm-raised catfish in the country is based in Desha County, Arkansas.
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