Remember2019 is an effort to make space for the congregation of the Black communities and Black cultural workers of Phillips County, AR. Our work is to support and facilitate local practices of self-determination, memory, and reflection, that are directly related to the mass lynching of 1919, the lasting effects of racial terror, and the current and future health of these communities.

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Remember2019: Clarifying our Mission and Vision

This summer, Mauricio Salgado, Arielle Julia Brown, Ashley Teague and Carlos Sirah spent over a month in Phillips County working alongside community partners - The Delta Cultural Center, Waves of Prayer Ministries, and The Boys and Girls Club of Helena, West Helena and the Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center (BGACDC) in ...

Award winning playwright visiting Helena for Remember 2019: A Story Sharing about Phillips County.

The Delta Cultural Center and Remember2019 will be presenting a staged reading of Scapegoat, written by the award winning playwright, Christina Ham. the staged reading is a part of the event, Remember 2019: A story Sharing about Phillips County, which aims to gather folks from across the county to commemorate the past, share stories ...

Reflection at the end of Week 3: Summer 2017

Written by Carlos Sirah We spent the week of the 10th-14th of July with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Helena and West Helena.  Arielle and partner, Rev. Dr. Kyle Miller, director of the Delta Cultural Center, spent time with the kids from the Helena site, and Carlos Sirah and Ashley Teague spent the week with the children at ...

Reflection at the end of Week 2: Summer 2017

Written by Mauricio Salgado   Ms. Mary Duncan. Ms. Shirley Jimmerson. Ms. Lavitrus Thomas. Ms. Queen Ester. Ms. Dolly Avery. Ms. Haley Mora. Dr. Mary Olson. Ms. Beatrice Shelby. Ms. Jennifer Rowan. Ms. Phyllis Hammonds. These are some of the heroes of Phillips County that we’ve had the ...

Reflection at the end of week 1: Summer 2017

It’s been a week since Arielle and I arrived in Helena. It’s been a full week of settling into the Bell house on Beech Street, meeting up with our partners, long drives up and down routes 44 and 49, and trips to Walmart for supplies. To start the new week, we were interviewed by Jarvis L. Smith on his radio show, The Mid-Morning ...

The Helena World: Elaine Legacy Center hosts event to learn more about Elaine history

This article appeared in The Helena World site on June 19th, 2017 “We Only Demand White Control: how race and peonage led to the nation’s largest racial massacre” is how Dr. Brian K. Mitchell, UALR history professor, framed his presentation of new research on Elaine to Elaine residents Friday at the Elaine Legacy Center. ...

The Helena World: New Legacy Center honors Elaine 12

This article first appeared on The Helena World on February 20th, 2017 “Connect the dots, always connect the dots,” Arkansas Circuit Judge Wendell L. Griffen challenged the 120 listeners who honored “The Elaine 12″ at the Elaine Legacy Center’s inaugural event in Elaine Friday afternoon. “Connect the dots, always ...

September 30th, 2016

(A disclaimer: I am not a journalist or a historian; I am an artist. And I only seem to be able to see and be in the world as an artist. This writing, my search for the story this community is telling, and my personal experience in Elaine are all a testament to that fact.) I enter Elaine 97 years after a mass lynching was ...

Healing of the Land Commemoration, September 30th, 2016.

On Friday September 30th, 2016, Dr. Ronald Myers, MD, founder of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation is bringing together people to pray for "The Healing of Our Land" on the commemoration day of the massacre in South Phillips County.  A group will gather at the bicycle path stop right across from the intersection of ...

The Elaine Race Riot: Part 1

This engaging 20 minute documentary, narrated by Ossie Davis, tells the story of the 1919 race riot in Elaine, Arkansas. Through this important early chapter in the Civil Rights Movement, African American farmers in the Delta region experienced great tragedy, fought for social justice, and ultimately found vindication in the US ...

The Elaine Race Riot: Part 2

Continue watching Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation's documentary on the 1919 Elaine massacre.