Barbara Clark-Lawrence, is a family historian. Barbara has self-published a number of family history books. She conducted research in Arkansas for African American Lives2 which aired on PBS in 2008. She has transcribed the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands Labor Contracts for Princeton (Dallas Co.) and Hamburg (Ashley Co.), Arkansas. She is the compiler of Lay Down My Burdens, African American Cemeteries—Volumes One and Two—for Union County, Arkansas. Barbara also co-compiled, with Linda Gatson Hunter, Lay Down My Burdens, African American Cemeteries for Union Parish, Louisiana.
Barbara canvassed and compiled Lay Down My Burdens, Haven of Rest Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas. Haven of Rest, the largest African American cemetery in Arkansas, purports to have over 14,000 persons interred. While researching persons buried in Haven of Rest, she identified the unmarked grave of Peter New, a Civil War veteran. An application was made to the Department of Veterans Affairs for a military headstone and a brief ceremony was held in the cemetery to set the stone.
Barbara is a member of the Arkansas Genealogical Society. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri and continues to identify, transcribe and compile material for genealogy research.