LAKE VILLAGE — Author Robert Fulford will present “Growing Up on Yellow Bayou Plantation” for the Lakeport Legacies monthly history talk.
The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Lakeport Plantation at Lake Village. The session gets underway at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments and conversation.
Fulford, of Dermott, grew up on Yellow Bayou Plantation, just north of Lake Village, in the 1950s and 1960s. He has written two self-published books about his childhood on the plantation. Fulford credits his mother, Bessie Porter, as his inspiration for writing down his memories and stories, according to a news release.
Bessie Porter was born in 1930 to Jack and Dora Porter, sharecroppers on the Millikan Plantation in East Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Fulford recalls his mother often told the story of the family’s move from across the state line to Chicot County around 1931.
Fulford has retold this story in an unpublished play, titled A Slip Away in the Night.
“These were hard times, and people worked to survive,” Fulford writes in the play. Families like the Porters looked for opportunities on other plantations “for a better life for their families.”
Both of Fulford’s books, A Collection of Anecdotes During my Childhood While Living on Yellow Bayou Plantation and Dark Days of the South: Before & After Segregation, will be available for purchase (cash or check only) at the event for $12 each, according to the release.
Lakeport Legacies is held on one the last Thursdays at the Lakeport Plantation during the spring and summer. Each month a topic from the Delta region is featured. The Lakeport Plantation is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Constructed in 1859, Lakeport is one of Arkansas’ premier historic structures and still retains many of its original finishes and architectural details.
The Lakeport Legacies program is free and open to the public. For details and to register, contact Blake Wintory, assistant director of Lakeport Plantation at 870-265-6031 or by email at bwintory@Astate.edu.