Old State House Event Features ATU Faculty Member

Dr. Kelly Houston Jones

Dr. Kelly Houston Jones, assistant professor of history at Arkansas Tech University, has been invited by the Old State House Museum in Little Rock to provide a virtual lunch lecture on Thursday, Sept. 16.

The title of Jones’ lecture is “Food, Power and Slavery in Arkansas.” It will draw upon stories contained in her 2021 book “A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas”

The 284-page tome is described by publisher University of Georgia Press as “the first book-length study of Arkansas slavery in more than 60 years.”

The description goes on to state that the book “looks at the lives of bonded Black Arkansans, their relationship with the land they farmed and the ways in which they created a new culture for themselves out of what was arguably the harshest phase of American slavery.”

Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

A member of the ATU faculty since 2018, Jones teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on topics such as Civil War and Reconstruction, Southern women’s history, the history of Arkansas and African American history.

Access Jones’ virtual lunch lecture at www.facebook.com/events/175812974669371.

Learn more about “A Weary Land” at https://ugapress.org/book/9780820360201/a-weary-land.

Learn more about the ATU Department of History and Political Science at www.atu.edu/history.