The Uzuri Project
People Helping Others By Example
People Helping Others Excel By Example (P.H.O.E.B.E.) began in 1997 as The Uzuri Project, a temporary Black history project about African Americans in the Hot Springs community. Founded by five Hot Springs local citizens, this small group began to accumulate the photographs and oral history. It was evident that the records had to go on permanent display. Now The Uzuri Project is a continuing endeavor within P.H.O.E.B.E. including over 1,500 donated photographs, artifacts and documents. P.H.O.E.B.E. brings together memories from the community’s history that reveal a variety of stories about colorful people, places and events. The exhibits do not present the complete history of the African American experience in Hot Springs, but does present a few chapters from a very complex story.
Our Present and Future Generations
Our MissionThrough the preservation and understanding of African American heritage and cultural resources documented by our youth and senior adults create economic and community development in Hot Springs National Park (Garland County) Arkansas.
The Uzuri Project (oo zoo ree, Swahili for beauty) is A Black History Community Program and was created to help fulfill the mission of P.H.O.E.B.E. by identifying, collecting, documenting, recording, interpreting, displaying, researching and preserving cultural and historic resources relevant to the African American experience.