By Ann Brown
Back in 1919 hundreds of Black people were killed in Elaine, Ark. And today, it seems no one remembers.
One hundred years ago one of America’s worst incidents of racial violence occurred in Elaine, a small town located on the Mississippi River. Even today, the true story massacre has never been fully explored. What is known is that Black families were terrified and killed.
“The town was at the center of a rapidly changing lumber and plantation economy known for harsh working conditions. Sharecroppers worked the land for a small share of the crop and were forced to sell their cotton to the landowners, who paid less than market prices. Workers also had to buy food, clothing, household wares, tools, seed and fertilizer at the plantation commissary, which charged exorbitant interest rates. It was a system intended to keep Black people in debt and dependent upon planters. Legal disenfranchisement stripped them of the vote and an ability to Click here to read entire article