In celebration of John H. Johnson Day, Arkansas State Parks is hosting 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. Plans for the park will be presented.
John H. Johnson, who was born in Arkansas City, is well known for founding Johnson Publishing Company, which published the influential Black magazines Ebony and Jet.
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, and 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.