Elaine Massacre

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.

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The new book Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and a Story of Reconciliation is about the 1919 murder of hundreds of African-American men, women and children. The book's author, J. Chester Johnson, discusses the danger of ignoring, dismissing or downplaying the country's history of racism. We'll hear much more from him on an upcoming edition of Ozarks at Large.

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A program on racial terror lynching in Washington County will be presented at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History this Saturday at 2 p.m., by Margaret Holcomb, a local history writer, and RoAnne Elliot, with the Washington County Community Remembrance Project Coalition.

Courtesy / Equal Justice Initiative

Members of the Washington County Community Remembrance Project have been planning for over a year to erect a marker in Fayetteville to memorialize victims of racial violence in the county. The monument will be part of a growing network of community markers across the South inspired and supported by the Equal Justice Initiative which operates a museum and memorial site in Montgomery, Alabama.

Courtesy / Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library System

Twelve exonerated African American defendants from the 1919 Elaine Massacre are now a permanent part of the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail, unveiled earlier this month in Little Rock during an annual trail induction ceremony hosted by the University of Arkansas. Historian, Brian Mitchell, a lead Elaine scholar, spoke at the event.