Headline: Colonial Dames make Braille flags at working meeting

Byline: Special to The Commercial

cutline: In the foreground are Jo Ann Cooper and Sandra Poore who are helping to make Braille flags for the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Special to The Commercial)

At its last meeting, the John Eliot Chapter, Colonial Dames 17th Century (CDXVIIC) met with the Arkansas Society Daughters of Colonial Wars and the Simon Bradford Chapter United States Daughters of 1812 at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

This was a “working” meeting as the chapter accepted State President Linda White’s challenge of making Braille Flags for the students at Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB). White’s career has been diverse and she was a special educator for the deaf, blind, multi-handicapped, and learning disabled. One of her state projects is the donation of 200 Braille Flags to ASB.

ASB is a state-run public school in Little Rock serving blind and vision impaired students of kindergarten through high school grades through residential, day school, and part-time enrollment programs.

Opened in 1859, the school was founded as The Institute for the Education of the Blind by Reverend Haucke, a blind Baptist minister. Originally located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the school moved in 1868 to Little Rock in the facility now used as the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. By 1877, the school was renamed to its present-day Arkansas School for the Blind.

On October 9, 1939, construction of the school’s new campus at 2600 West Markham Street was complete and dedicated to Helen Keller, who was in attendance. The school has around 100 students. For information regarding the school call 501) 296-1810.

The CDXVIIC is an organization of women, eighteen years of age or over, who are lineal descendants of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United State of America. The Society is devoted to preserving the memory of those that settled in the United States of America prior to 1701.

Its work includes dedication to the preservation of historic sites and records, promotion of heraldry and coats of arms, and support of charitable projects and education with emphasis on Veterans. For information regarding the John Eliot Chapter CDXVIIC, email Sharon Stanley Wyatt at swyatt@cablelynx.com.