Washington, Arkansas was founded in 1824 as a community in southwest Arkansas and has continued as an incorporated town. It reached its peak in 1860 with over 1,000 residents. Every community in the United States is made up of a variety of people that make the community what it is. Washington is no exception. The interpretive staff at Historic Washington State Park selected portraits of different individuals they felt made an impact on the history of Washington. Some of the individuals highlighted are Richards Samuels, the first African-American state house representative in Hempstead County and Charlean Moss Williams, first female mayor of Washington. Learn more about these individuals of Washington, Arkansas through this exhibit.
Meeting Place: 1874 Courthouse Visitor Center