A big thanks to all our recent donors!
This building housed one of the most prolific men in our country. He was an 'idea' man and with the help of his close friends, The Woodmen of Union Fraternal Order/Hot Springs opened the door for many Black people to be employed, have a save place to meet for their various organizations. Webb proved he was an organizer, a Special Events Coordinator, a Meeting Planner he moved thousands of people through Hot Springs yearly. We ask that you read the Award Winning Book, John Lee Webb, The Man & His Legacy and hear of the inspiring journey of a man from Alabama, who made his home in Hot Springs, Arkansas and changed the direction of his people.
Mr. Webbs' house has sat vacant for many years and now the ravages of time and the elements have taken its' toll. You have to have vision to take the house of a man, who during segregation in our Nation, put an entire city on the map as a tourist destination for Blacks. back to life!
One of our Board Members, Cornelious L. Hollinshed, R.I.P. shared the vision of this house and how it could be used again as a tourist destination for all people as a living history museum, office space and a place where our youth will learn life skills, leadership qualities and the history of their city ... Shed was all about the youth; the same is said about Mr. Webb when he spoke at Historic Langston High School, Hot Springs, AR and founded the National Baptist Laymens' Auxilliary in Los Angeles, California in 1924.
We feel obligated to Save The John Lee Webb House and after the reahab has been done ... and we enter the house, when we exit for service, we will exit as the Hot Springs African American History and Cultural Center ... AND The Uzuri Project Youth Institute will be housed in Historic John Lee Webb House, in The Cornelious Leron Hollinshed Learning Center. We believe John Lee Webb would be well with this decision.
And now a quote... “The most powerful means, therefore of promoting who is good…is by example ...one man in a thousand can write a book to instruct his neighbors...but every man can be a pattern of living excellence to those around him.” Lewis Bayly, Chaplin to England’s King James, I
Save The John Lee Webb House!