The Civil War radically changed the lives of all Arkansans, especially those of African descent. The war destroyed a society and an economy that had enslaved Africans and used them as chattel property. Through personal artifacts, historic Civil War photography, carefully costumed museum figures and interactive audio, “Freedom! Oh, Freedom!” tells a story of transformation. It allows visitors the opportunity to explore the African American perspective of the Civil War from the lens of slavery, the contributions of African American soldiers, and what happened through and after the Reconstruction Era.
Opened November 2014