Courtesy / Nita Gould

The isolated eastern Boone County town of Zinc is often cited as headquarters to the Knights Party, a Ku Klux Klan faction which operates a compound several miles north. For the first time residents, including a local history writer, have come forward to claim no association with the KKK or any other hate group and are sharing the true history of Zinc.

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Over Labor Day weekend, Aaron C. Williams, co-founder of the new Northwest Arkansas race reconciliation group, Bridge the Gap, traveled to Harrison to host a community cookout on the town square. In the days leading up to the event, Williams invited white nationalists from the region, including a local chapter of the KKK, to join him in finding common ground. A film crew from ABC Nightline was also on hand following Williams campaign for a segment scheduled for air Sept. 21.

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The Boone County Quorum Court, Harrison City Council and Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce signed identical resolutions yesterday that denounce racism and encourage the Arkansas legislature to introduce and pass comprehensive hate crime legislation.

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A Change.org petition demands the removal of a billboard in Harrison advertising a White Nationalist internet broadcast. The hate billboard is one of a half dozen erected, then taken down over the past decade.

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Aaron William Clarke and Jessica Angelica, with over 80 other Black Lives Matter supporters, demonstrated in Zinc, Arkansas Sunday afternoon calling for the dismantling of the Ku Klux Klan, which has long operated a remote compound in rural Boone County. The peaceful protestors offered a BBQ meal to hundreds of armed Arkansas militia and White Nationalists as county law enforcement closely monitored and controlled the situation. 

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Two Black Lives Matters protests, staged in Harrison last Thursday and Friday, were peaceful, despite rumors of white nationalist counterprotests. State, county and local law enforcement were on hand to quell any clashes. A century ago, Harrison's black district was destroyed by white mob violence and city civil rights activists have been working in recent years to repair that legacy. 

The Harrison City Council has approved an ordinance to control public use of medical marijuana within city limits by patients registered to use. Police Chief Chris Graddy, who authored the draft code, discusses the rationale and how the new law will be implemented. We also survey other Northwest Arkansas municipalities which have enacted or are considering similar measures.

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The Harrison City Council, on Thursday, agreed to support an ordinance allowing municipal police to enforce state regulations on medical marijuana use within city limits. Mayor Jerry Jackson says the vote was unanimous. A second reading is scheduled for Feb. 27 to allow for public comment.

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The second of two public forums on constructing a proposed $39.9 million community recreation center in northwest Harrison is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Durand Center. Several sales tax measures to pay for the facility will be decided by Harrison voters this fall. 

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The LGBTQ+ organization, Harrison Pride, is holding a diversity convention Friday and Saturday at various venues in Harrison.