People in Arkansas' History
Irma Hunter Brown: First black woman to serve in the Arkansas House of Representative and the first to serve in the Arkansas State Senate.
Jocelyn Elders: First black woman to serve as Director of the Arkansas Department of Health and the first African American to serve as United States Surgeon General.
Joseph Carter Corbin: First African American State Superintendent of Instruction (Education) in Arkansas.
James E.K. Hildreth: First black Rhodes Scholar from Arkansas.
Florence B. Price: First black woman to have a symphony performed by an American orchestra. Her Symphony in E Minor was played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933.
Rodney Slater: First black member of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Commission and the first black director of the Federal Highway Commission.