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5 Fun Facts About September 21 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1957, the Little Rock Nine attempted to enter Little Rock Central High School, sparking nationwide attention and controversy over school desegregation.

2. On September 21, 1939, the Arkansas State Fair opened for the first time at its current location in Little Rock, bringing together agriculture, entertainment, and commerce in a celebration of the state's heritage.

3. The Buffalo National River, the first National River to be established in the United States, was designated on September 21, 1972. The 153-mile river flows through the Ozarks and provides a unique opportunity for outdoor recreation and conservation.

4. Arkansas native Maya Angelou was born on September 21, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou went on to become a renowned poet, author, and civil rights activist, leaving a legacy that inspired and empowered generations.

5. The Cotton Belt Railroad was completed through Arkansas on September 21, 1883, connecting the state's cotton fields with markets throughout the country and spurring economic growth and development.
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