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Tree Memorializing Victims of Arkansas’ Elaine Massacre Cut Down

Maria Perez
Aug 27, 2019 - 3:00

Awillow tree in Arkansas that memorialized Black Americans who were killed during one of the biggest race riots in the US was chopped down.

Mary Olson, the president and founder of the Elaine Legacy Center, posted a picture to Facebook on August 21 of the tree that honored over 200 Black Americans who lost their lives during the Elaine Massacre of 1919. “The Living Memorial, memorializing all those who lost their lives in the Elaine Massacre of 1919 was chopped down at the base today and the Memorial tag stolen. It could not have been easy to get the tag off its branch,” Olson wrote. “Was it vandalism? Was it a...

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