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Voices of Elaine: The 1919 Arkansas Massacre and Its Ongoing Impact | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

Voices of Elaine: The 1919 Arkansas Massacre and Its Ongoing Impact

Location: The Central Theatre, 1008 Central Avenue

Event Date: Saturday, February 4 | 11 a.m.

In a time of banned books and rampant misinformation, let us heed the admonition of author and philosopher George Santayana, that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Between September 30th and October 2nd, 1919, hundreds of African American men, women, and children were massacred in and around the town of Elaine, in Phillips County, Arkansas. This bloody event in the Arkansas Delta has been one of our worst, best-kept secrets.

We the Hot Springs Branch of the NAACP, Unit #6013, invite you to “Voices of Elaine: The 1919 Arkansas Massacre and Its Ongoing Impact,” a symposium, taking place Saturday, February 4 th , 2023, 11 A.M. at the Central Theatre, 1008 Central Ave. This event will feature the 2022 documentary film We Have Just Begun, followed by a keynote address from pastor and judge The Hon. Wendell Griffin, and culminate with a panel discussion with current Elaine residents as well as the descendants of those who lost their lives. Tickets are $18 for early general admission ($25 after 1/28/23) and $10 for students. These prices include a boxed lunch. As we commemorate this horrific moment in our history and its enduring legacy, we also solicit your help in building a brighter future. Proceeds from the program benefit the Elaine Museum and Richard Wright Civil Rights Center.

For sponsorship, tickets, or more information, please visit our website at voicesofelainehs.org. We appreciate your continued support.