Lakeport Legacies, Lakeport Plantation’s monthly history talk, will feature a discussion on October 24 of  “Edward A. Fulton and Reconstruction in Drew County” by Lakeport Plantation’s assistant director Dr. Blake Wintory. Fulton, a former slave in Missouri and abolitionist in Chicago, served as Drew County’s only African American legislator during Reconstruction. 

Little has been written about this African American Reconstruction leader, politician and newspaper editor. In 1866 he arrived in Chicot County to farm at Red Leaf Plantation, later relocating to Little Rock. He returned to southeast Arkansas and Drew County in 1870 as a census taker and was elected the Arkansas House of Representatives later that year.

His career in Republican politics during Reconstruction proved to be controversial — he survived an assassination attempt (possibly by a Republican rival), later ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State, and was an outspoken proponent of Civil Rights.

The discussion will be held at the Lakeport Plantation on October 24 at 6 p.m. with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Lakeport Legacies is a monthly history talk held on the last (usually) Thursday at the Lakeport Plantation. Each month a topic from the Delta region is featured. The event is free and open to the public. Lakeport Legacies meets at Lakeport Plantation, located at 601 Hwy 142 in Lake Village.