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Mosaic Templars Center asks Black Arkansans to share their pandemic experiences

by Celia Storey | July 3, 2020 at 4:00 a.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center director Christina Shutt, Lyrick Fletcher and Quantia Fletcher participate in Virtual Juneteenth on June 16. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Cary Jenkins)

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock is asking Black Arkansans to contribute to "COVID in Black," a history project documenting how the pandemic affects their daily life.

"Our program, 'COVID in Black,' will be instrumental in collecting, showcasing and preserving the thoughts, stories and daily lives of African Americans living in Arkansas during this deadly pandemic," center director Christina Shutt says in a news release. "'COVID in Black' is a multifaceted approach that will spotlight the kaleidoscope of African American experiences statewide."

Donors can email their personal written stories, videos, photos or audio recordings to Items also can be submitted through the center's Facebook page or mailed to the museum at 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock, AR 72201.

A survey posted on the center website can be used to share personal stories. It asks basic questions, such as "Where did you grow up?" as well as pandemic-specific questions, including "How are you managing day-to-day activities in your household?" The form also includes yes/no questions.

The project is funded in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Congress and was created to record the stories, experiences, details, thoughts and emotions happening as the coronavirus continues to spread, according to the news release.

For more information email or call (501) 683-3593.


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