State College, we greet thee with love and devotion;
We walk through this wide world in peace and with courage.
Alma Mater, we love thee, we love thee, dear mother;
In days of our childhood we romped in the wildwood.
We breathed thy great spirit and learned more of wisdom,
John B. Watson
Keepers of the Spirit:
The University Museum and Cultural Center is home to the Keepers of the Spirit: The L. A. Davis, Sr. Historical Collection that documents the more than 130 year history of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Having its origin as Branch Normal College, later Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College, the only state supported institution of higher education for blacks, the University has undergone various name changes, weathered many adversaries and yet through it all it has never lost sight of its mission to educate the “poorer classes” of Arkansas. Founded in the Arkansas Delta in 1873, there is a direct linkage between the saga of this institution and the historical, educational and cultural experiences of the people of this region of the state. more