Mosaic Templars Cultural Center | Little Rock, AR

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is dedicated to telling the story of the African American experience in Arkansas. The Center’s name is taken from the Mosaic Templars of America [1], a black fraternal organization founded in Little Rock in 1883. The mission of the Center is to collect, preserve, interpret and celebrate Arkansas’s African American history, culture, and community from 1870 to the present, and to inform and educate the public about African American’s achievements – especially in business, politics, and the arts. General admission is free.

Mosaic Templars Cultural CenterPhoto Courtesy of Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Center has permanent, changing, and traveling exhibits highlighting African American life and Arkansas black history and culture from 1870 to the present, including:

  • A Building For The Community – The history of the Mosaic Templars of America Building, which served as an important commercial and community center for African Americans in Little Rock in the early 20th century (pre-World War II)
  • African Americans in Arkansas – The African American experience in Arkansas from 1870 TO 1970.
  • Brotherhood and the Bottom Line – The contributions of Mosaic Templars of America, an African American fraternal organization, to Arkansas African American community.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit – The rise of the African American entrepreneurial class during the era of Jim Crow.
  • A City Within A City – The significance of Little Rock’s West Ninth Street  as the economic and social center of Little Rock’s African American community.
  • A Living History: Arkansas Black History Hall of Fame highlights the contribution of African-American Arkansans to American history.

The Center also actively collects works of art by African American Arkansans. Beyond just exhibits, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center provides lesson plans and outreach programs for students and teachers. These materials are in great demand by classroom teachers and have closed a gap in the teaching of Arkansas history.


[1] The Mosaic Templars was a black friendly society founded by John E. Bush and Chester W. Keatts, two former slaves, in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1883.The Mosaic Templars was an organization that originally provided illness, death, and burial insurance during an era when few basic services were available to black people. By 1900 Mosaic Templars’ industries grew to include an insurance company, a building and loan association, a publishing company, a business college, a nursing school, and a hospital.  By 1905 it had a number of lodges across the state with thousands of members. Its headquarters were housed in a handsome new building that opened in 1913; Booker T. Washington delivered the dedication speech. In the 1920s they claimed chapters in twenty-six states and six foreign countries, making it one of the largest black organizations in the world. However, in the 1930s, the MTA began to feel the effects of the Great Depression and eventually ceased operations. However, a single chapter remains, in Barbados.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
501 W. Ninth Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 683-3593
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It's time for another "It's in the Bag." The Feb. 3 installment features the cast of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's latest play "The Whipping Man." We'll see you at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Bring your lunch and we'll provide the drinks!
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A few members of our staff examine newspapers from the 1860s. In order to protect the artifacats, lights in our storage facility do not give off UV rays, hence the yellowish tint in the photo. Our new exhibit about the African American experience during the Civil War on display now and features larger versions of the notices found in these papers. #ohfreedom #civilwar #nofilter
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Mosaic Templars Cultural CenterJanuary 26th, 2015 at 4:20pm
#MTCC, in partnership with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, presents an "informance" with young African American violin prodigy, Randall Goosby this Thursday, January 29 at 10 a.m.

Listen and learn as Goosby plays a few short selections of classical pieces, speaks about his Juilliard education, plus his work experiences in the world of symphony performance.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Elvon Reed at 501-683-3592 or email
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Mosaic Templars Cultural CenterJanuary 23rd, 2015 at 6:59pm
Mark your calendars and join #MTCC as we celebrate Black History Month with a variety of special programs and events!

All events are free and open to the public! For more information, or to reserve tickets for specified events, call 501-683-3593.

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