Texarkana Museums System Book Signing Features
Book by Former Museums System President Ed Black
Texarkana, USA – Former Texarkana Museums System President Ed Black has conveyed his interest in local history into a book focusing on the Rondo Community. “The book is a result of finding little information about Rondo available to the general public. I felt that Rondo was an important part of this area’s history and should be preserved,” states Mr. Black.
Rondo: All but Forgotten Arkansas History Southwest of the Red River will be highlighted on January 11th at the Museum of Regional History as part of the Texarkana Museums System Open Book Series which brings local authors out to discuss and present their works to the public. Mr. Black who has a BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from Texas A & M University Texarkana and is also a former board member of Texarkana Resources and Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives. He will offer a presentation and be available to sign his book which delves into the history of what was once the commercial hub of Lafayette County (later becoming Miller County) south of the Red River. Rondo played a significant role during The War Between the States with troops moving through and families fleeing the turmoil of war. Because of no Union threat in the area, Governor Harris of Arkansas and Albert Pike, among others, sent their families to Rondo for safe keeping. Rondo was also the temporary Confederate Arkansas state capital. The state records were once even kept on the second floor of the general store which was owned by Governor Harris’ brother-in-law, James Abraham.
This installment of the Open Book Series will take place on January 11th at the Museum of Regional History located at 219 N State Line in downtown Texarkana at 6:00 pm. Mr. Black will be present to sign books that are available to purchase through the Texarkana Museums System. For more information please contact the Texarkana Museums System at 903-793-4831 or by email at MoRH@TexarkanaMuseums.org. Admission is free to the public. Reservations can be made at Eventbrite.com