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Preserve Arkansas Announces Most-Endangered Historic Sites

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LITTLE ROCK—Preserve Arkansas’s 2017 Most Endangered Places list includes neglected or forgotten cemeteries throughout Arkansas, two ice houses, two rural churches, neighborhood schools slated for closure, and two historically African American neighborhoods.

The announcement took place on May 19 in the first floor lobby of the historic Fulk Building at 300 Main Street in Little Rock. Arkansas’s Most Endangered Places Program began in 1999 to raise awareness of historically and architecturally significant properties throughout the state that are facing threats such as deterioration, neglect, insufficient funds, insensitive public policy, and inappropriate development. Preserve Arkansas solicited nominations from individuals and organizations throughout the state. The list is updated each year to generate discussion and support for saving these important resources.

Properties named to the 2017 “Endangered Eight” list are as follows:

* Cemeteries, Burial Grounds, and Graveyards (Statewide)

* Citizens’ Electric Company Light and Power Plant, Ice House, and Cold Storage Building (Eureka Springs, Carroll County)

* Old Galatia Church (Norfork vic., Baxter County)

* Home Ice Company (Jonesboro, Craighead County)

* Little Rock Public Schools Slated for Closure: Franklin Elementary School and Woodruff Early Childhood Center (Little Rock, Pulaski County)

* Pankey Community (Little Rock, Pulaski County)

* Pleasant Street Historic District (Hot Springs, Garland County)

* Wabbaseka United Methodist Church (Wabbaseka, Jefferson County).

Photos and information about 2017’s “Endangered Eight” are available at www.PreserveArkansas.org.

Preserve Arkansas is the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to building stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places. For more information about Preserve Arkansas, please contact Rachel Patton at 501-372-4757, [email protected], or visit www.PreserveArkansas.org.



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