SS Cyril and Methodius Parochial School
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While I was driving through what felt like the middle of nowhere, I saw a sign for a right turn to Slovak, Arkansas, and had to check it out. Not a whole lot was left there except for a large Catholic church and this school from the 1930s, both of which are named for saints of significance to the Slovak immigrant population that lived in the area. Apparently, organizations encouraged Slovak immigrant groups already living in the U. S. to move to what was advertised as ideal Arkansas farmland. The campaigns actually worked, and at its peak, this community had as many as 500 residents of Slovak descent. Further up the road was a sign for something called the Czech National Cemetery.