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Arkansas First Lady Margaret Frierson Cherry, 1953-1955

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 

Margaret Cherry became First Lady of Arkansas in 1953 when her husband Francis Adams Cherry was elected Governor of Arkansas. Margaret, who graduated from high school in Jonesboro, met future Governor Cherry when they were students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she studied English and music and he studied law. Mrs. Cherry was involved in civic activities through much of her life.

Mrs. Cherry’s inaugural gown came from the Helen of Memphis Shop in Memphis, Tennessee. Shirred netting accents the top of the dress while the skirt and lower bodice are embroidered with sequins. The bell-shaped skirt is made of double nylon net. She also wore a stole of white nylon net, a white beaded evening bag trimmed with rhinestones, a white lace evening handkerchief with sequins and white kid opera gloves with the gown.