The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is a museum of African American history that was created in 2001. This museum honors the story of Mosaic Templars of America and of local African American history. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center also serves as a department of Arkansas Heritage, giving the most immersive information about the African American experience in Arkansas as possible! The Templars was a black fraternity organization founded in 1883 in its famous location on 9th and Broadway in downtown Little Rock. A steady decline in activity happened like in most organizations during the Great Depression, and the building wasn’t rebuilt and refurbished until 2001, with a new 35,000 square foot state of the art complex.
The complex features exhibits, classrooms, offices, and an auditorium that all hold information from 1870 to the present to inform and educate on African American achievements, especially related to business, politics, and the arts. Take a self guided tour or larger guided tour of the first and third floors of the museum, teaching you about the fraternities, entrepreneurs, and people of the Arkansas integration. Focusing on outreach and education, this stop on your trip is the perfect place to get important culture and history information, as you explore exhibits such as Brotherhood and the Bottom Line, Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, and A City Within a City. After learning all you can head over to the museum store to pick up your very own Coretta Scott King childrens book or locally made African American handmade jewelry!