November 8, 2017 Edition

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Museum preserving WWII history

The Wings of Honor Museum was a busy place last Wednesday, as a busload of some 60 junior high students and chaperones from Greene County Tech were touring the museum and having lunch at the Parachute Inn. Museum board members and volunteers Carolyn Propst and Frank Wilson were assisting Harold Johnson with the students.

Carolyn Propst said that the museum had hosted a group of some 120 students from Paragould High School the previous week.

Frank Wilson shared that the museum has some recently completed World War II exhibits, as well as the addition of an exposed airplane engine from Richard "Dick" Reade and Mid-Continent Aircraft Corporation of Hayti, Mo. The engine is on temporary loan to the museum.

Pictures of the Past

Hoxie School District was the first successfully contested integration in the state of Arkansas, two years prior to the more famous case at Central High in Little Rock. Joyce Green, a third-grade teacher at Hoxie, is shown teaching reading to Louis Ruffin (left) and Bobby Ruffin (right) during one of the first days of integration in July 1955. This photo, along with many other photos and artifacts, is being exhibited at the Arkansas State Capitol until Nov. 15 as part of an exhibit on the history of Hoxie. The Capitol is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo courtesy of the University of Memphis

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