The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder as a Woman in American History.
This award is given to women who have made a contribution or a difference in their communities through intellectual, educational, social, and religious, political, scientific, and/or cultural endeavors.
Schexnayder was a newspaper editor/publisher for eight years at McGehee and for 44 years at Dumas. She served as president of Arkansas Press Women and of the National Federation of Press Women, being chosen National Press Woman of Achievement in 1970. She was the first woman president of the Dumas Chamber of Commerce. She has held the presidency of the Little Rock Chapter Society of Professional Journalists, the Arkansas Press Association and the National Newspaper Association.
She was the first woman on the Arkansas Parole Board and later served 14 years in the Arkansas House of Representatives. She has been inducted into the Hall of Distinction at Louisiana State University and its Communications Hall of Fame. She was named an outstanding alumnae of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
“Salty Old Editor, An Adventure in Ink”, a memoir by Schexnayder, was published in May 2012.