One of Arkansas’ unique historical locations and museums has been accepted into a global association dedicated to preserving significant civil and human rights sites.
Founded in 1999, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) has 275 members across 65 countries. The various sites range across time periods and geographies. A Site of Conscience, according to the ICSC website, is “place of memory – such as a historic site, place-based museum or memorial – that prevents this erasure from happening in order to ensure a more just and humane future.”
The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, which is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, tells the story of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, which operated in Tyronza in the 1930s. In fact, the museum is located at the STFU’s first headquarters.
The STFU was an interracial farming union that advocated on behalf of tenant farmers in the Delta.
In addition to providing increased exposure, membership in the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience provides mentorship for museum officials, as well as training and program support.