This year, Helena received a 2012 Arkansas Heritage Tourism Henry Award . This award is presented annually to an individual, organization, or community that has made a significant contribution toward the preservation of some aspect of Arkansas's natural, cultural or aesthetic legacy. The award was received for the Civil War Helena Tourism Initiative.
The multi-site plan and project tells a comprehensive history of Helena during the war. It includes the newly dedicated Freedom Park, the first site in Arkansas designated as part of the Underground Railroad through the National Park Service's Network to Freedom program. New Fort Curtis, a three-quarter-scale replica of the original Union fort three blocks south of the original site. A new statue of Helena's most famous Confederate general, Patrick Cleburne, that adorns the path to downtown's Helena Museum. Helena's Confederate Cemetery and the historic African American Cemetery, Magnolia Cemetery.
Pictured in no particular order from the Delta Culture Center are Katie Harrington, Ida Gill, Jack Myers, Susan Phillips, Ron Kelley, Tanya Thomas; ADAP Susan carter; Julia Nordsieck, Director of A & P Commission and Cathy Cunningham of Delta Bridge Project.