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Empowering the Delta

A dynamic leader takes charge at Walton Family Foundation

By Rex Nelson

This article was published January 14, 2018 at 2:05 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Empowering the Delta Illustration

In 1945, with World War II having come to an end, Sam and Helen Walton purchased the franchise for a Ben Franklin five-and-dime store in downtown Newport, the county seat of Jackson County. Newport was thriving in those days. Stores stayed open late on Saturday nights as thousands of sharecroppers and tenant farmers came to town from surrounding farms to do their shopping for the week.

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