Sun, Feb 11|
Elaine Symposium 2024
Massacre and Dispossession in the Delta: From Jim Crow to the Present
Time & Location
Feb 11, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hot Springs, 1008 Central Ave, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901, USA
About the Event
The Virginia Clinton Kelley Democratic Women and the Hot Springs
NAACP will present a symposium. Attendees will view "We Have Just Begun", a documentary about the 1919 massacre in Elaine,
Arkansas. Award-winning filmmaker Michael Warren Wilson, an Arkansas native, will talk about
how he decided to undertake the telling of this deadly event and its unfolding.
Jennifer Hadlock, an attorney, researcher, and community organizer from New York, will
present findings from her extensive research in Elaine and Phillips County. She spent a year
researching land deed records to which Elaine descendants have historically been denied
Ms. Hadlock’s research connects the dots between the Elaine massacre and extensive land theft
that robbed black owners of their farms, homes, and businesses and placed the resource that
was their lifeblood into the hands of white owners.
Today, much of that land is in the possession of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association
of America (TIAA), a retirement management fund and global landowner whose farming and
land management practices have created significant ecological and health concerns in Phillips
County and elsewhere.
The audience will hear from Elaine residents about their experiences and hope for restorative
justice through TIAA Exposed, an organization seeking accountability and reparations from TIAA
for practices that conflict with their published corporate values of equity and environmental