Historic Landmark Preservation

About the Fayetteville Black Historic District
In the dynamic cityscape lies the Fayetteville Black Historic District - a place that stands as a living tribute to the enduring heritage and rich cultural tapestry of Black communities in Northwest Arkansas. This district isn’t just an aggregation of historic sites; it embodies a narrative rich with stories of resilience, triumph, and historical importance. 

Why Preserve?
Historic preservation is the cornerstone of communal memory and future inspiration. It fuels economic growth, fosters civic pride, and safeguards our collective history. By protecting the distinctive character of the Fayetteville Black Historic District, we not only honor the past but also forge a path for sustainable development. Read the Arkansas Historic Districts Act

Key Benefits Include:
  • Job creation and income generation
  • Economic opportunities for small businesses
  • Strengthened community identity and pride

NWA Black Heritage Works to Create the State's Largest Black Historic District

Our Vision for the Future
Envision a place where historical reverence and modernity merge. Our dream for the Fayetteville Black Historic District is to see it evolve into a thriving Afrofuturist Museum and Meditative Space, fostering education, contemplation, and cultural vitality. Here, the legacies of Black Arkansans will be celebrated and their stories propelled into the future.

Our Aspirations Comprise:

  • An Afrofuturist Museum as a nexus of inspiration and healing
  • Affordable Housing to reinforce the district’s community ties
  • Increased walkability and green-spaces for community enjoyment


Local Designation Process

State Approval








Inventory and Evaluation: Conduct a survey to identify historic and potentially historic buildings within the proposed district boundaries. This may involve architectural historians and community input.

Draft Nomination: Prepare a nomination form documenting the district's historical significance, architectural characteristics, and proposed boundaries.

We are Here

Public Hearing: Hold a public hearing to present the nomination to the local historic district commission (appointed by the city council) and the public. This allows for community feedback and ensures transparency.

Commission Decision: The local historic district commission votes on whether to recommend the nomination to the city council.

City Council Action: The city council considers the nomination and recommendation from the commission. They can approve, reject, or request modifications before final approval.

Step 1 Timeline

History is not just about the past; it's a bridge to our future. By signing the petition for the Fayetteville Black Historic District, you're taking a stand for cultural integrity, community pride, and the preservation of a legacy that enriches us all. Your signature signifies more than support; it's a declaration of belief in the value of our shared heritage and the potential of our collective future.

Submit completed petition by emailing Emma Willis  or Sharon Killian for pickup instructions.


SIGN THE Petition

Frequently Asked Questions

NWA Black Heritage is dedicated to preserving, documenting, and promoting the rich heritage and culture of Black communities in Northwest Arkansas. 

A historic district is a designated area with historical, architectural, or cultural significance. It benefits neighborhoods by preserving their unique character, culture, and property values. 

Zoning and land use regulations often become more restrictive to protect the area's historical, architectural character. Renovations and new construction may require special approvals and adhere to specific design guidelines. The aim is to preserve the district's historic integrity and protect property owners from untrustworthy developers.

There are often financial incentives and grants available for historic district property owners. These can include tax credits, grants, and low-interest loans to support the preservation and restoration of historically significant properties within the district.

Property owners in a historic district typically have responsibilities to maintain and preserve the historical and architectural integrity of their properties, following specific guidelines and regulations.

Historic districts often stabilize or increase property values by preserving unique character and attracting buyers interested in historic charm and potential financial incentives.

There include examples in nearby states are: Greenwood Historic District, Tulsa Oklahoma; 18th and Vine Historic District, Kansas City Kansas; Independence Heights Historic District, Houston, Texas.

In a historic district, new construction and development typically face stricter regulations to ensure they complement the area's historical character and architectural integrity. We will work to ensure that current property owners are protected from harsh penalties.

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