- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Although central Arkansas officials couldn’t find out if a county ordinance listed on an old-drinking fountain sign that reads “whites only” actually exists, they still favor repealing it.

Last month, Pulaski County resident Jim Lynch, emailed a justice of the peace, asking her and County Judge Buddy Villines to verify if the measure he saw on the sign was on the books. He learned about the sign from a friend who collects antique signs and had the drinking-fountain sign in his collection. It’s not known where the sign and drinking fountain were originally located, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1DbBONF ).

On Tuesday, the Pulaski County Quorum Court voted 12-0 to put the repeal of Ordinance No. 50-3102 on their meeting agenda for final approval later this month. The ordinance’s name indicates that the measure was passed in 1950 in Pulaski County. But officials said they have searched county records and could not find it. They say many records dating before 1977 are scarce.

Quorum Court coordinator Joy Pensinger said justices of the peace can repeal an ordinance even if it’s not officially listed anywhere. One justice of the peace asked if there were other ordinance like the one referred to on the drinking-fountain sign that may still be on the books, but Pensinger reiterated that records before 1977 are sparse.

District 15 Justice of the Peace Shane Stacks, R-North Little Rock, said that he wanted the provision repealed even if no record of it could be found. Other justices voiced support for the repeal, saying it would be symbolic.

“Symbolism means something in the public square,” District 13 Justice of the Peace Phil Stowers, R-Maumelle, said. “I’m embarrassed for this part of our country’s past … (but) happy that we’ve moved forward.”


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide