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 War in the Gulf

Arkansas Gazette

There were yellow ribbons and red-white-and-blue banners. Anti-war signs and pro-war signs. Faces of fear, faces of pride. Arkansans saw signs of the Persian Gulf War everywhere they looked Thursday. And everywhere, there were flags.Employees at Arkansas Flag and Banner comment on the effect the Persian War has had on sales of the American Flag.

Hands Are Full: Steve Holman and Charles Fisher, managers at Arkansas Flag and Banner in North Little Rock, display a flag. 
"God, it's been unbelievable."-Steve Holman

Posted January 18, 1991

Work Begins to Transform Taborian Hall to Flag Plant

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
by Mick Normington

Construction workers began this week renovating Taborian Hall, which once was the center of Little Rock's thriving black business and entertainment district, to transform the building into a flag manufacturing plant.

In March, Taborian hall will become the new headquarters and manufacturing center of Arkansas Flag and Banner. "I considered moving into a warehouse building but I couldn't get away from the idea of having an old building with exposed brick," company President Kerry Thompson-McCoy said Friday.

The Dreamland Ballroom became a popular stop on the circuit for top black entertainers. Among the many entertainers who played Taborian hall where Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway and Louie Armstrong.

The three-story brick building has a damaged roof and about 21,000 square feet of space inside.

Posted November 23, 1991


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