The last building standing other than residences.
There is much history here, We have a past. Not of ignorance but of people striving to establish a community in which all could be proud and equal.
One such person was Henry Karr Shannon born in Lunenburg (where my father was born) and was very active in the surrounding communities. He graduated Melbourne High School, attended college and pharmaceutical school. After developing an allergy to pharmaceuticals his career direction changed. Mr. Shannon taught school, was involved in higher education while exploring Izard County's rich history. He later purchased the Melbourne Times newspaper with his own special column covering many subjects and opinions that gained the attention of the Arkansas Gazette. While in Little Rock he became a controversial figure in the Central High Desegregation Crisis of 1957. Mr Shannon published six books during his life time.
And you're wondering where this is leading?
Looked at my birth certificate a few years ago and discovered I was delivered by Karr Shannon! What? Delivered by a newspaper man? Did some research and Henry Karr's son became a medical doctor and served one year in Melbourne, 1954, the year I was born.
And that's the truth as I know it.