About PB Junction: PB Junction is an information hub about ongoing developments in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. At the outset, the site offered some emphasis on the renewal of Main Street along with general characteristics of the city’s arts and culture. The Main Street renewal is still addressed along with local and state government initiatives that pertain to Pine Bluff. PB Junction’s approach is one of key point summaries with links and references to additional sources; on sme topcs, more detail can be found in the Pine Bluff Commercial and state and local websites. For others, PB Junction’s interviews or other direct information gathering inform the write-up.
PB Junction continues to produce articles and event announcements in the area of arts and culture and has added the category of nature to its topics. The more in-depth articles cover individuals’ contributions in these areas, whether they work for a state nature center, own a one-person fashion design business, or direct a self-started nonprofit.
About Pine Bluff: Pine Bluff is a city of about 50,000 residents, located in southeast Arkansas and surrounded by agriculture as well as the neighboring communities of Dollarway, Watson Chapel, and White Hall. It has a mayor-council form of government, with the council formed of eight alderman (two per ward).
Pine Bluff sits alongside the Arkansas River in part of a larger area once home to the Quapaw. Clear beginnings of the city’s history date back to the 1810s and 1820s, when French and other Europeans settled on a higher bluff along the river; the city was incorporated in 1839 (then called “Pine Bluff Town”), though it was named the seat of Jefferson County several years earlier.
Pine Bluff’s greater region is part of the Mississippi Alluvial Plains — also known as the Arkansas River Lowlands (a term also used for an area in Kansas), the Arkansas Delta, or the Delta Lowlands. The relatively wet lands and deep build up of soil deposits created rich agricultural land. Historically, this and the southern location meant slavery was a dominant force before the Civil War. During the Civil War, Pine Bluff was a place where escaped and former slaves sought refuge (though the legal technicality the Union exercised was the concept of contraband.
PB Junction aims to provide summaries of this history and the civil rights struggles and triumphs. These historical pieces are works in progress.
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