Lakeport Legacies, the monthly history talk at the Lakeport Plantation, will feature “Yankee Mistress of the Old South: Plantation Life in the Arkansas Delta, 1847-1866,” a presentation by historian, Dr. Gary Edwards.

The history talk will be held on June 21 at the Lakeport Plantation, located at 601 Highway 142 in Lake Village. The event gets underway at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments and conversation, and the program starts at 6 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, contact Dr. Blake Wintory at 870-265-6031 or email him at [email protected]

Edwards will discuss Amanda Beardsley Trulock, recently featured in the book, Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2018).

Trulock was “a rare example of a northern woman who eventually became a plantation proprietor and sole mistress of 62 slaves near Pine Bluff.” She was born in Connecticut in 1811 and married a Georgia planter in 1837. In 1845, the couple moved to Jefferson County. Five years later, Amanda was widowed, according to Edwards.

Trulock’s surviving letters and papers show her to be a competent financial manager that also delegated many responsibilities to an enslaved man, Reuben. According to Edwards, she, like “a tiny handful of New England women who married into slavery at the time, accepted and selectively advocated for slavery during her twenty-nine years of residency in the South during both war and peace.”

A limited number of copies Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times will be available for purchase for $35.

Lakeport Legacies is a monthly history talk held on the last Thursday at the Lakeport Plantation during the spring and summer. Each month a topic from the Delta region is featured. The Lakeport Plantation is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Constructed in 1859, Lakeport is one of Arkansas’s premier historic structures and still retains many of its original finishes and architectural details.

Open to the public since 2007, Lakeport researches and interprets the people and cultures that shaped plantation life in the Mississippi River Delta, focusing on the Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction Periods.

Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University develops and operates historic properties of regional and national significance in the Arkansas Delta. A-State’s Heritage Sites include the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Lakeport Plantation, the Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash, and the Arkansas State University Museum.

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