The Living Memorial Willow Tree was Chopped Down in Hate:
A memorial for all who died in the Elaine Massacre of 1919
The Memorial Tree
A Living Memorial was planted in the area where in 1919 the first memorial willow tree was placed to mark a mass grave in which incarcerated African Americans were forced to bury the bodies of friends and neighbors.
Chopped down in hate
The tree was axed at the base August 21, 2019, and the memorial tag on the tree stolen. It will be replaced by a bigger tree with security and lighting this winter when it is the best time to plant trees. Investigations are ongoing.
Yellow Crime tape marked the spot
until Arkansas State Parks and Tourism Investigators investigated the crime and sent reports on to the proper authorities. Please call 501-682-7744 with information leading to an arrest.
The Same Spirit of Hate That Led to the Largest Race Massacre in U.S. History
In 1919, Murderers were sent to Elaine by Alluvial Empire Builders Based in Helena to Kill Black Land-Owners in Order to Steal The Land.
From Land Ownership and Incomes to Poverty or Death Overnight. Poverty that still remains today - as does the call to "GIVE IT BACK."
The Result of the Massacre for African Americans who survived in 1919 was immediate poverty. They had been earning good incomes on rich land. Not wealthy, but hard-working people who knew where their next meal would come from. All that ended with the lynchings and the burning of crops, homes, and possessions. That poverty exists today in the area for the people, almost all of whom are descendants of those who lost lives or faced immediately poverty in 1919. The purpose of this Elaine Legacy Center website is to invite everyone who wants to strengthen the community and end poverty that has lasted 100 years to help by praying, acting, and funding EQUAL TODAY. Everyone can help. Those of us in Elaine and those of us around the world know that we all benefit when no one lives in poverty. Every dollar helps Elaine descendants start their own businesses to earn money and helps to be the village that raises the kids together. Businesses like cooking, authentically Elaine art and music, caring for children, making home-made bread to sell, growing foods, starting a Farmer's Market. Youth programs like USDA feeding programs, recreation, trips to swimming pool, spiritual and moral values education.
PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT
We depend on donations from people who want to see justice and equality in our life time. Any amount helps us achieve our goal of learning from the past and ending the poverty our past created.
Today, we continue to research the oral history of 1919, "Land theft, murder, and transgenerational trauma. We work for reparations and share with visitors. And, we feed, plan recreation and education for the youngest descendants of the 1919 Massacre Victims. Until we have paypal set up, please send checks to Elaine Legacy Center of Waves of Prayer, PO Box 42, Elaine AR 72333. A 501c3.