COVID in Black

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Thursday, May 14, 2020

The coronavirus public health emergency is affecting almost every aspect of Arkansans’ lives and marks a turning point in the annals of history. As part of our mission to preserve, interpret and celebrate African American history and culture in Arkansas, we have started the "COVID in BLACK: The African American Experience in Arkansas" project to collect stories and preserve documents, images and objects that tell the African American experience and history in Arkansas during COVID-19.

We need your help to do this. Your participation will help future researchers and generations understand our present. If you give consent, your submissions may be used in future exhibitions and programming at MTCC.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the United States Congress.


The museum is collecting materials that demonstrate the impact of COVID-19 in Arkansas. These might include typed personal reflections and stories, digital images, impact stories, video recordings, social media posts, web sites, blog posts and other digital content. You can help us by sharing documentation of your personal experiences.

Not sure what to submit? Here are some questions that may help spark some ideas. Feel free to only answer 1 or 2:

How do you communicate and connect with your family, friends, colleagues or strangers? (e.g., screenshots of family group text chains, Zoom calls, signs, sidewalk chalk around neighborhood, Christmas lights on windows)

  • What places have more importance to you now? (e.g., your home office set-up, your favorite room, the local grocery store, your daily walk route)
  • What is something that has brought you joy unexpectedly? (e.g., cooking at home, creative projects, home gyms, family game night)
  • What is something that you’ve lost? (e.g., going out to eat with friends, the illness or death of loved ones, sense of safety/security)
  • How have you protected your health or the health of others? (e.g., wearing masks, making hand sanitizer, talking with loved ones for support, cleaning your home?
  • Screenshots of remote lectures, school assignments at kitchen tables
  • How have you reacted to public health directives? (e.g., bought too much toilet paper, started wearing a mask, sheltered in place before it was recommended)
  • Photographs of signs, empty streets, screening operations, quarantine rules, unique quarantine related family gatherings, online meetings, worship services, funeral programs, book clubs, etc.
  • Signs from local stores noting buying limits or inability to stock certain items
  • Masks (cleaned) sewn by home crafters
  • Face shields and filters (cleaned) fabricated on 3D printed
  • Badges or signs from hospitals
  • Artwork created while sheltering in place
  • Used gift cards or gift certificates from local businesses
  • T-shirts and other apparel related to the pandemic
  • Audio recordings of how you, your family or community is dealing with COVID-19
  • Journals written documenting the experiences
  • Correspondence (email or paper) between individuals or from small businesses

Here is how to donate to the collection:

  • Email stories, images or recordings to [email protected]
  • Send them via Facebook messenger
  • Upload or post directly to Facebook (Make sure to tag us in your post.)

If you have any questions or need alternatives for sending large files, please email [email protected].

Please read the following guidelines before sharing your content:

By submitting content through this form, you are granting the museum non-exclusive (shared), royalty-free license to preserve, modify and share your content for public research, educational use, exhibits or publication, including in print or online.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center reserves the right to remove content that it considers duplicative, inappropriate or outside the scope of this project. The museum is not obligated to include your content in this project or preserve it in perpetuity.

Please only submit photographic, audio or video material which you own or have created.

If you would like to refer or nominate material you do not own, please contact us at [email protected]

You must be 18 years of age or older to submit content.

  • do not submit items that defame, misrepresent or contains disparaging remarks about any person or company;
  • do not submit items that contain trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, without permission, to the extent permission is necessary; contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • do not submit copyrighted materials owned by others (including, without limitation, photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission, to the extent permission is necessary;
  • do not submit items that violate any law or regulation.

In connection with a participant’s submission, the participant affirms, represents, and/or warrants that: (i) you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to use and authorize the Sponsors to use all copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights in and to such submission to enable inclusion and use of the submission in the manner contemplated by these Terms and Conditions; and (ii) if applicable, participant has the written consent, release and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in the submission to use the name or likeness of each and every such identifiable individual person to enable inclusion and use of the submission in the matter contemplated by these Terms and Conditions. The mtation reserves the right to reject and disqualify any submissions that do not comply with these Terms and Conditions. The museum reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to the museum from any participant at any time. Failure to provide such proof will disqualify submission.


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