Answering a Call for Help

Answering a Call for Help (HM21GK)

Location: Helena-West Helena, AR 72342 Phillips County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 31.737', W 90° 35.229'

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Disease, death, the practice of separating slave families—all left
children with no one to care for them. Scores of orphaned black
children in Civil War Helena suffered from neglect and exposure.
General Napoleon Buford asked for help. In response, charitable
organizations in the North sent doctors, nurses, teachers, food,
clothing and medical supplies.

Helena's Quaker Orphanage and School

In April 1864, Alida and Calvin
Clark left their Indiana farm to
come to Helena. The Clarks
were Quakers, members of the
Indiana Yearly Meeting of
Friends. Upon arriving they
opened the Freedmen's Asylum
for Orphans.

The Clarks did more than
provide food and shelter. They
provided an education. Imagine
a child's face as he reads words
printed on a page for the first
time. The schools established by
northern organizations helped
give children a future.

In 1866, donations of money
and labor from the 56th United
States Colored Infantry made it
possible for the Friends' school
to move to a thirty-acre site
outside of Helena. The humble
school eventually became
Southland College, a high school
and teacher training school.

[Photo caption]
Calvin and Alida Clark
HM NumberHM21GK
Year Placed2013
Placed By2013 by Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 721454 N 3823451
Decimal Degrees34.52895000, -90.58715000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 31.737', W 90° 35.229'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 31' 44.22" N, 90° 35' 13.74" W
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Area Code(s)870
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600-698 Walnut St, Helena-West Helena AR 72342, US
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