For about 30 seconds, the Thomas family had $520,000 of cold hard cash in our hands. We could feel how heavy it was and it smelled just like you would think a half million dollars would smell.
It would have been nice if this was our family safe in the background, but it was inside the vault of the Arkansas State Capitol Building.
We haven’t seen many vaults before, but this one certainly was massive. The door was 24,000 lbs alone from O-h-i-o (shout out to William’s people) that had to be hoisted up to the second floor in 1912.
The Capitol Building was stunning: wall to wall and floor to ceiling marble, supreme architecture, marvelous columns, and beautiful symmetry all throughout.
Our tour guide was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable about both the Capitol Building and the history of the city, both historically and currently.
The rest of city didn’t disappoint either.
We find history, specifically cultural history, to be especially interesting. We’ve discovered many cities have audio history tours that you can take, so of course, we did this one too.
We drove by the Horace Mann High School, which was built after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision to end segregation. It was built on the east side of Little Rock where most of the poorer black students lived as a way of still keeping black and white students separate.
Afterwards, we passed this cemetery where former slaves and free blacks, from the early 1800’s, were buried.
From there, we went over to MacArthur Park and the Pike-Fletcher-Terry home. The park was the first city park and has statues to honor those who fought in the Korean War, as well as a statue to remember the end racial segregation in the U.S. Military.
Mrs. Adolphine Fletcher Terry was instrumental in supporting and getting non-segregationists elected to push the end of segregation in schools.
Before heading over to the current Capitol Building, we toured the Old State House…
(Macey and Gig-up recreated the creepy photo)
…which is now a museum, that holds everything from Oddities…
…to quilts woven by African American women…
…and, the dress Hillary wore when Bill Clinton stepped out the front doors to accept his first presidency inauguration.
One can’t visit Little Rock without visiting Little Rock Central High School. If you are unaware of the history of this school, we’d encourage you to research it for yourself.
There was so much more we saw in this city, but one must come and see it!