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The Butler Center to Present a Lecture on African American Cemetery Preservation

The Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch series will host Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis, co-founder and president of Preserving African American Cemeteries Inc.(PAAC), as she presents "Preserving the Black Family through Oral History, Death Records, Obituaries, and Tombstone Inscriptions." The lecture will take place Wednesday, February 3, 2010, noon to 1 p.m. in the Darragh Center at the Main Library (100 S. Rock St.).

Tenpenny-Lewis, charter member of the Arkansas chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), is the 2007 recipient of the James Dent Walker Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the national AAHGS.

Under her current position as president of PAAC, Tenpenny-Lewis has worked to uncover lost or forgotten cemeteries, form cemetery associations and hosted various workshops on cemetery preservation.

The Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch series is free and open to the public. Programs are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Darragh Center in the Main Library, 100 Rock St., in Little Rock. All programs begin at noon and conclude by 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch. The Butler Center will provide water, soft drinks and dessert.