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Another 1920-era Mass Murder: The Elaine Race Massacre

Greenwood, in Tulsa, aflame in 1921, two years after the Elaine massacre.
By United States Library of Congress
Greenwood, in Tulsa, aflame in 1921, two years after the Elaine massacre.

Far too many places in the United States have been scenes of violence committed against non-white people. Some of them, you may never have heard of.

Case in point: Elaine, Arkansas, where hundreds of African American farmers were murdered after they organized to push for better deals with the owners of their farms. J. Chester Johnson researched the massacre and discovered that his own grandfather had taken part.

Later on, he met a women descended from victims of the murders. Johnson tells the story in his book Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliation.

We unfold details of the event and the revelations from the author's research.

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