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Awards & Honors: 2012 Chairman's Commendation

Leslie C. "Skip" Stewart-Abernathy

For his dedication to Arkansas history. Dr. Leslie "Skip" C. Stewart-Abernathy  refuses to forget what time has buried. In more than three decades of working with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, he has expanded regional history  to acknowledge forgotten communities of Cherokee and African Americans, and added many layers of detail to standard, often simplistic accounts of Ozark history and culture. He has trained countless volunteers, from young students to enthusiastic retirees, spreading his infectious love of history across the 75 counties of the state and multiplying AAS’s research capabilities. In his work on forgotten and destroyed African-American cemeteries, he inspires us to remember our people, all our people, their lives and their deaths.