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City of Charleston Celebrates Sesquicentennial Year


It is an amazing and historic anniversary milestone, the celebration of a 150-year milestone. This weekend, the City of Charleston celebrated their sesquicentennial year since becoming incorporated in 1874.

The city is a hidden gem for history buffs. For example, Charleston was the first school district in the former Confederate States to integrate after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling. It is also home to the Union Church, a multi-denominational building that dates back to 1860.

The 150 year was a celebration to honor that rich history. The festivities began on Friday evening, April 12 with a Sesquicentennial ball, a throwback to the 1974 centennial ball. Attendees dressed in their finest 70’s attire and got their “boogie” on.

On Saturday, April 13, the celebration continued with a parade from the Charleston Middle School to Hancock Street. The parade highlighted communities past, present and future.

The Sesquicentennial Fair wrapped up the three-day event with music, food and all kinds of family fun.

Charleston Mayor Mike Baumgartner noted that United State Senator John Boozeman recognized the city’s 150-year anniversary. ” Senator John Boozeman recently celebrated Charleston’s 150th anniversary, highlighting the rich history of our city from its founding, through its resilience after the Civil War and prosperity beyond. He emphasized the community’s growth as a railroad hub and its thriving cotton, coal, and natural gas industries. He also noted Charleston’s historic role as the first city in Arkansas to desegregate its schools after Brown vs. the Board of Education in 1954. Additionally, he mentioned Charleston is the hometown of Dale Bumpers, former Governor of Arkansas and U.S. Senator. I share Senator Bozeman’s sentiment that Charleston remains a place of pride and potential, and I am honored to serve as the Mayor of its citizens. The Congressional Record recognizing this milestone will be displayed in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall.”

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