Lakeport Plantation’s June 25 history talk will feature Dr. Kelly Houston Jones, who present “Absentee Masters of the Mississippi River.”

Dr. Jones will discuss area plantation owners who resided away from their holdings, and what those arrangements would have meant for enslaved people living on those plantations.

The Johnson family at Lakeport operated their plantation differently. While they did reside in Kentucky during the summer, they constructed a big house as their residence in 1859 and likely felt paternalistic obligations to their 155 enslaved laborers.

Dr. Jones is a visiting assistant professor of African and African-American Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. She recently accepted a position as assistant professor of history at Austin Peay State University.

Refreshments and conversation begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Lakeport Legacies program begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Lakeport Plantation house, located at 601 Hwy 142, Lake Village.

Guests are asked to RSVP to this free event. For more information and to RSVP, contact Blake Wintory (870)265-6031.