A History of Southland College
This work focuses on dedicated Quaker missionaries in post-Civil War Arkansas. in 1864 Alida and Calvin Clark, two abolitionist members of the Religious Society of Friends from indiana, went on a mission trip to Helena, Arkansas. The Clarks had come to render temporary relief to displaced war orphans but instead found a lifelong calling. During their time in Arkansas, they started the school that became Southland College, which was the first institution of higher education for blacks west of the Mississippi, and they set up the first predominately black monthly meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in North America.