About the University Museum and Cultural Center
The University Museum and Cultural Center (UMCC) was founded in the spring of 2004 to collect, preserve, and promote the rich history of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the surrounding Arkansas Delta. UMCC is currently located in Childress Hall, formerly the John Brown Watson Memorial Library. The building was originally set for demolition until former Chancellor Emeritus Lawrence A. Davis, Jr. decided against its destruction. Childress hall currently sits on the National Register of Historic Places by the Department of the Interior and also houses the offices of University Relations and Development and Title III.
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. Created by the late U.G. Dalton and Henri Linton, Sr., the exhibit was a continuation of the Persistence of the Spirit
exhibit which recorded the history of African Americans in Arkansas. In addition, UMCC features a large collection of photographs, catalogs, yearbooks, letters, artifacts, portraits, and other ephemera that document the lives of the women and men who helped to shape the history of the university and surrounding delta area. The museum also offers exciting educational programs and rotating exhibits on the mezzanine level designed to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of those women and men.
UMCC and its activity is paid in total or in part by funding from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Institutional Services Program, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program or Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. Due to Title III, UMCC has been afforded the opportunity to fund numerous exhibits, contribute to the preservation of historical artifacts, and offer professors support to utilize the museum and its materials within the classroom. As a result of this funding, the museum has positively impacted the education of thousands of UAPB students with writing exercises, critical thinking, and a better understanding of their history. It is through Title III and the ongoing support of generous donors that UMCC is able to continue its mission.
Director and Museum Curator
Phone: (870) 575-8232
Museum Educator and Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (870) 575-8230
Phone: (870) 575-8234