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In New Book, an Author Confronts Racism, Starting With His Grandfather

Simon & Schuster

J. Chester Johnson grew up in Arkansas, but didn't learn about the Elaine Massacre in school. Hundreds of African-Americans were murdered by whites in one of the deadliest racial confrontations in U.S. history. Later, Johnson learned of a family connection. That revelation, and much more, is included in his new book Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and a Story of Reconciliation.

Kyle Kellams is KUAF's news director and host of Ozarks at Large.
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