Ernie's Museum of Black Arkansans (EMOBA)
Ernie's Museum of Black Arkansans (EMOBA), was opened in 1993, in Little Rock, Arkansas. This museum exists to preserve the African American cultural heritage in the state of Arkansas. Although there are other African American museums, however, this museum is unique in that it exhibits specifically the contributions of African American Arkansans. This museum has a goal to assist the community and schools with the education process about African Americans. This museum also intends to start a performing arts theater which will be dedicated to training African Americans in the arts.
Backstory and Context
In addition, EMOBA is located in downtown Little Rock, and it covers a total of three-quarters of a city block. Specifically EMOBA is located between the block of 12th and 13th streets and Louisiana, and it is right next to the historic Quapaw Quarter district. EMOBA has also been listed as a historical site in the National Register of Historic Places. Future plans for EMOBA is to renovate the site for a possible performing arts theater (The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, 2015).
As of now, the operating season for EMOBA is from the month of February to Labor Day in the month of September. In addition to being a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EMOBA has also received financial contributions from other organizations such as New Futures for Youth, Inc who once gave them a grant for up to $10,000. Lastly, EMOBA serves as a somewhat multipurpose facility that hosts various company/business meetings, festivals, and even wedding events (The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, 2015).