Phillip McMath will be the guest speaker for the Jefferson County Historical Society at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave.
An author, playwright, historian and lawyer, McMath is a son of the late former Arkansas governor Sid McMath. He and his wife Carol live in Little Rock.
McMath’s topic will be “The House on Barraque Street,” about his visit as a young attorney to the renowned Bell-Robinson-Bridges-Triplett Mansion at Pine Bluff.
“The house was planned and built by Samuel Calhoun Roane in 1852,” a spokesman said in a news release. “Roane died before he could make his home there, so his daughter, Juliet, and her husband, Marcus Bell, became the first occupants. The house was located to 811 W. Barraque St. until falling into disrepair and finally being destroyed by arson in March 2009.”
McMath’s most recent book is The Broken Vase (2010), a historical novel about the Holocaust which won the 2011 Booker Worthen prize for fiction. His novel Lost Kingdoms (2007) is part of a historical fiction trilogy, with the first two novels being Native Ground (1984) and Arrival Point (1991). McMath’s plays that have been performed by the Weekend Theater in Little Rock are Dress Blues, The Hanging of David O. Dodd, Karski’s Message, and Lincoln’s Dream, the spokesman said.
McMath served in the U. S. Marines in the Vietnam War as a tank platoon commander and later as company commander. He received several medals and was promoted to captain.
The public is invited to attend.