University of Arkansas Little Rock History Professor Dr. Brian K. Mitchell will present "New Insights into Elaine's 1919 Massacre" on Friday, June 16, at Waves of Prayer auditorium at 313 College Avenue at Elaine as Juneteenth is celebrated across the nation. 

University of Arkansas Little Rock History Professor Dr. Brian K. Mitchell will present "New Insights into Elaine's 1919 Massacre" on Friday, June 16, at Waves of Prayer auditorium at 313 College Avenue at Elaine as Juneteenth is celebrated across the nation. 

Dr. Mitchell, a New Orleans native who has lived in Arkansas of 11 years,  is working on fresh research for both manuscript and digital publication. 

    In addition to the keynote, a video by Elaine residents, "Where Are the Mass Graves?" will open discussion of possible sites to study in search of burial sites in the area.  The video shares a few stories Elainians have passed down from generation to generation about the location of mass graves.   Additional oral history will be recorded by the Elaine Legacy Center from area residents and the Elaine Diaspora throughout the coming year.     

 The public event also opens a summer of opportunities for residents of south Phillips County to come together to learn about what others have written about their history and to share family histories with one another.  The presentation begins at 1 p.m. with lunch available starting at noon in The Legacy Center. 

     State Senator Stephanie Flowers and State Representative Chris Richie will present to the Elaine Legacy Center the resolution passed by the Arkansas General Assembly commemorating the 94th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Moore vs Dempsey, a landmark ruling that changed the nature of the Due Process Clause of the 14th amendment.   The gospel music written, composed, and sung by Ed Ware while in prison and remembered by vocalists today in Elaine's First Baptist Church will be introduced to attenders of Friday's event. 

William Quiney will be the chair of the event.       

     The Elaine Legacy Center of Waves of Prayer is dedicated to ensuring Elaine, "the motherland of Civil Rights in America," fosters recognition of the heroes from Elaine who changed the course of U.S. history and becomes a pilgrimage site for people using the foundation of the past for a future of equality, nonviolence, and Hope.  Advisory Board members include Quiney, Faye Duncan Daniel,  Queen Ester, Shirley Jimmerson, Theophus Parham, The Rev. Desi Sims, James White and Johnny White, The first busload of pilgrims is scheduled to come later this month.  

    The summer of 1919 saw hundreds of similar massacres across the county.  Although Elaine was the site of the largest massacre, it was also the last as people of color battled back not with violence and guns but with due process of law.  Hence, the logo of the center, "Elaine: Motherland of Civil Rights."