PB native to present book at Historical Museum


Pine Bluff native, Denise White Parkinson, will present her newest book, “Daughter of the White River” at the Pine Bluff/ Jefferson County Historical Museum, 201 E. 14th Ave., at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Her latest book, from The History Press states, “ The once thriving houseboat communities along the White River … few remember the sensational murder story …” in 1931, a daughter avenged her father’s murder in a DeWitt courtroom.

The legend of Helen Spence, long-cloaked in mystique, who avenged her father’s murder in a DeWitt courtroom, will come to life again. Parkinson reveals that Arkansas state records indicate no prison could hold murderess, Spence. For the first time these prison records are unveiled to provide an essential portrait of Spence. The intriguing story of the depression in Arkansas, the once thriving house-boat communities along the White River and the claim for justice by a daughter for her father will come alive when reading this book.

Books will be available for sale at the museum and Parkinson will autograph them for attendees.

Museum hours for this week will be Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 870-541-5402.