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Elaine Symposium 2024

Massacre and Dispossession in the Delta: From Jim Crow to the Present

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Elaine Symposium 2024
Elaine Symposium 2024

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

access.

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

responsibility.

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