Mission Of The Museum
- To educate students, faculty, staff and the public about the rich history of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and the Arkansas Delta
- To act as the official museum and archives of UAPB
- To promote and encourage historical research
The University Museum and Cultural Center (UMCC) was founded in the Spring of 2004 to collect, preserve, and celebrate the rich history of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the Arkansas Delta. UMCC is housed in Childress Hall, formerly the John Brown Watson Memorial Library and later the student services center. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s former master plan, which was developed more than ten years ago, had cited the building for demolition. However, it was Chancellor Emeritus Lawrence A. Davis Jr.’s desire to save this beautiful and historical campus landmark constructed in the Art Deco style of the 1930s. The remodeled Childress Hall currently houses the offices of University Relations and Development, Title III, and the University Museum and Cultural Center.
UMCC is home to The Keepers of the Spirit: The L.A. Davis, Sr. Historical Collection that documents the history of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. This exhibit was the brainchild of the late U. G. Dalton and Henri Linton, Sr. The Keepers of the Spirit exhibit was an outgrowth of the Persistence of the Spirit exhibit, which documented the history of African Americans in Arkansas. In addition to the Keepers of the Spirit exhibit, UMCC features a large collection of photographs, catalogs, yearbooks, letters, artifacts, portraits and other ephemera that document the lives of the people who helped to shape the history of the university and the Arkansas Delta. The museum also offers innovative educational programs and rotating exhibits on the mezzanine level designed to increase awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of the diverse population of the university and surrounding areas.
Because of Title III funding, the museum has been able to provide students with an exciting and inviting, non-traditional learning environment. Each semester students from various classes are required to visit the museum to complete class assignments and other research projects, but many students often return with friends and family because the museum has served as a unique and positive learning experience for them. Students are able to visualize how their university has evolved from a small teacher's college, with seven students, to a multi-purpose university, attracting students throughout the United States and other countries. They can see themselves as a part of this evolving history. During fiscal year 2016-2017, the museum attracted 1,898 visitors.
Meet The Staff
Director and Curator
Phone: (870) 575-8232
Museum Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (870) 575-8230