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Joseph Albert Booker
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Birth: Dec. 26, 1859
Ashley County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 1926
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA


Joseph Albert Booker was an
* Editor
* Educator
* Community Leader

He was at the forefront in
Arkansas racial relations
and a pioneer in African-
American education
in the state.


Joseph Booker was SON to
FATHER - Albert Booker
MOTHER - Mary (Punchardt) Booker
(both were slaves)


Booker was orphaned
at an early age and
was reared by his
Grandmother, Emma

At a young age he became
a teacher and also began
his life-long interest
in religion.

Booker was licensed to
preach as a Baptist.
From 1878-81, he attended
Arkansas Agricultural,
Mechanical and Normal
In 1881, Booker attended
the Roger Williams
University, graduating
in 1886.

Booker returned to
full-time preaching
back in Arkansas.
He was appointed the
State Missionary for
the Arkansas Negro
Baptist Convention
along with the American
Baptist Missionary

Booker became the first
President of Arkansas
Baptist College,
a position he would
retain for the rest of
his life.

Booker served as the editor
of the state's black newspaper
for Baptist Church members,
called: the 'Baptist Vanguard'.


Jospeh Booker was HUSBAND to
WIFE - Mary Jane Caver

They were wed in June 1887

He was FATHER to 8 children


In 1891, Booker was a leader
in the black community's
opposition to the
"separate coach" law.
He encouraged a
"spirit of Good Will"
within the black community.

Booker even worked with
Booker T. Washington.

He often hosted Washington
when he visited Arkansas.
From 1911-13, Booker served
on the Little Rock, Arkansas
"Colored Vice Commission."
This group helped to clean-up
the capital city's infamous
'Red Light Districts'.

In 1919, after the
'Elaine, Ark. Race Riot',
Booker was made a member of
the Arkansas Commission
on Race Relations. Booker
used this job to promote
"interracial justice".


In 1926, Booker went to
Ft. Worth, Texas to
attend the
National Baptist Convention.
While there, Joseph Booker
suffered a heart attack
and died.



"I have only slipped away
into the next room,
I am I and
you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Play, smile, think of me.
All is well."

BY ~ Henry Scott Holland


This biography is
humbly presented by
Audrey Burtrum-Stanley / Arkansas

Family links: 
  Mary Caver Booker (1870 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship

Across the bottom of the marker is carved --

Haven of Rest Cemetery
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA
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Record added: Dec 10, 2009
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