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Levon Helm

Mark Lavon(Levon) Helm was born on May 26, 1940 outside Elaine in Phillips County, Arkansas to Nell and Diamond Helm.  He had two sisters and one brother. The Helms had a cotton farm and the family lived around Marvel, which is in the western part of Phillips County.  His family encouraged him to play and… Read More ›

Christmas Open House

The Delta Cultural Center hosted it’s annual Christmas Open House tonight with a festive time for all who attended. Living History enthusiast Kent Goff provided a first person World War I soldier’s experience at Christmas time 1918. Kyle Miller, the Director, then recognized the employees of the Delta Cultural Center. The Lyon College choir of… Read More ›

Delta Cultural Center’s Fall Historical Play

The Delta Cultural Center, working in conjunction with the Helena-West Helena School District hosted a play dealing with historical characters from the region.  There was a Thriller theme and the kids did a Michael Jackson show at the end of the program. The event took place at the Boys and Girls Club in West Helena…. Read More ›

Honoring Private LeRoy Johnston

On November 16, 2018, a ceremony was held at the Beth El Heritage Hall in Helena presenting a posthumous Purple Heart Award to the family of World War I soldier Private LeRoy Johnston.  He was wounded twice during the war and returned home.  Private Johnston then moved to Phillips County near relatives ,when he was… Read More ›

Civil War Roundtable

The Delta Cultural Center hosts a number of Civil War Roundtables every year where experts on that conflict discuss topics of interest. They are usually held at Beth-el Heritage Hall which is found at 406 Perry Street, Helena, Arkansas 72342. On November 8th, Dr. Michael Dougan discussed the military life of General Thomas Hindman and… Read More ›

Battery C

Battery C is a park operated by the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas. It describes the struggle for Battery C on Graveyard Hill during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. It has an amazing overlook of Helena and the Mississippi River. On this hill was where some of the fiercest fighting took… Read More ›

Freedom Park

Freedom Park was established in Helena, Arkansas to honor the role of African Americans in the Civil War. The Delta Cultural Center operates the property.  It is located on a site where African Americans lived who fled slavery during the Civil War. Helena was Union occupied during the war and thousands of men, women, and… Read More ›

Delta Day School Event

Delta Cultural Center hosted it’s first Delta Day School Event from October 10 to October 12 and it was a fun time for the students and teachers who attended. Over 250 children attended this program which covered early days in our Delta. Special thanks to Barton Elementary, Clarendon Elementary , Marvel Elementary and DeSoto School… Read More ›

Delta Cultural Center- Depot

The Delta Cultural Center Depot Museum is located in the old Missouri Pacific Depot right off Cherry Street in Helena, Arkansas.  The building dates back to 1912. The depot not only focuses on railroad history, but as a location to display artwork and promote the Arkansas Delta. Here is student artwork displayed in the lobby…. Read More ›

Sonny Boy Williamson

Alex Rice Miller was born around 1912 near Glendora, Mississippi. He traveled around the Delta playing his harmonica. In 1948, he rose to attention after the first Sonny Boy Williamson was murdered in Chicago. Miller took the name and said he had invented it first. Sonny Boy Williamson II began playing on the King Biscuit… Read More ›

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