Tyronza museum festive Oct. 6

Dedicated to history of tenant farmers, union, it’ll turn 10

TYRONZA -- The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum plans to hold several events to commemorate its 10th anniversary

The celebration, scheduled for Oct. 6, will include a luncheon at the Tyronza Senior Center, 135 S. Main St. The luncheon is free to the public and available from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free museum tours will be offered throughout the day, too. Visitors will be served punch and cookies.

At sundown, 1930s-era movies will be shown outdoors behind the senior center. Visitors can bring lawn chairs and blankets so they have something comfortable to sit on.

The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum shows the history of tenant farming and agricultural labor movements in the Mississippi River Delta. The museum, one of Arkansas State University's Heritage Sites, is in the historic Mitchell-East Building in Tyronza.

During the 1930s, the building housed the dry-cleaning business of H. L. Mitchell and the service station of Clay East, two of the organizers of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in 1934. The building became the unofficial headquarters for the union until the offices relocated to Memphis for safety.

In 2001, the Tyronza City Council donated the Mitchell-East Building and land to Arkansas State University for a museum. The grand opening of the museum was on Oct. 6, 2006. In 2010, the museum building became a National Register of Historic Places site.

Restoration funds came from Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council grant and a "We the People" Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

More information is available by phone at (870) 487-2909 or from the museum website at http://stfm.AState.edu.

State Desk on 09/23/2016

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