Humanities Iowa, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, granted $1,500 to the Friends of Muscatine Historic Preservation for a speaking tour titled “Alexander G. Clark, A legacy: Iowa, Race & The Law”. The walking tour will begin on Monday September 13 in Muscatine. On Tuesday, September 14, tour walking tours will be held in West Liberty, Springdale, Iowa City, and Oskaloosa. On Wednesday, September 15, a tour will be held in Muscatine and an evening presentation will be held in Iowa City. The tour will end on Thursday, September 16 in Muscatine.
The walking tour will be given by Dr. Paul Finkelman, a Professor at the Albany Law School and nationally known historian. According to Project Director D. Kent Sissel, Dr. Finkelman has written on two legal cases initiated by Mr. Clark regarding segregation and slavery in Muscatine. The tour will also include the National Historical Landmark Nomination of the Alexander G. Clark, Sr. house in Muscatine.
The mission of Humanities Iowa is to promote understanding and appreciation of the people, communities, cultures, and stories of importance to Iowa and the nation. For more information on funding opportunities from Humanities Iowa, see its website at http://www.humanitiesiowa.org.