The Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail was created by the Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity to acknowledge the sacrifices and achievements made by those who fought for racial and ethnic justice in Arkansas.
The Trail begins on the sidewalk outside the Old State House at 300 West Markham Street. New markers are added in a public ceremony each year.
Eventually, the Trail will extend down West Markham Street and President Clinton Boulevard to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.
In 2016, the Trail won a Diamond Award from the Arkansas Historical Association “for honoring and increasing public awareness of the freedom struggle in Arkansas.”
Click on the links below to find out more about each year’s theme and honorees.
2011 Honorees: Sit-ins and Freedom Rides
2012 Honorees: Desegregation of Central High School
2013 Honorees: Desegregation of Downtown Little Rock
2014 Honorees: Medical and Healthcare Professionals
2015 Honorees: Politics and Law
2016 Honorees: Economic Advancement