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.

To Unearth. To Listen. To Amplify.


We unearth in order to reveal something that has been buried or hidden.  We hope to unearth the oral histories that have been tightly suppressed by the oral tradition of silence.  We know that the act of unearthing may be emotional and uncomfortable at times but is a necessary process to mending deep wounds.

As we expose a safe space, people have permission to fill it.  The purpose of our trip in 2016 is to observe what becomes of this open space.  We will listen with our ears and archive with our cameras and voice recorders.  This collection will inform us about our direction moving forward to 2019.

Our mission for REMEMBER 2019 is to elevate the histories surrounding the Elaine Race Massacre.  We believe that the future reality of our society depends on mending the past.  We will have unearthed the space and we will have listened to the people.  Now is the time to raise our collective well-being in the form of a public memorial.  We amplify with the intention to heal and move forward, together.

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