Understanding Racial Massacres

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Event Details

Dates: 2/12/2023
Times: 1:30 PM
Price: FREE
Venue: Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Ave. Fort Smith, AR 72901


In celebration of Black History Month, the Fort Smith Museum of History and 64.6 Downtown are collaborating to bring Fort Smith native, Mr. Hannibal B. Johnson, to Fort Smith as the distinguished guest speaker for, "Understanding Racial Massacres in Arkansas and Oklahoma: Elaine, Catcher, and Tulsa." 

Mr. Johnson's program will educate and discuss the history and impact of the Race Massacres at Elaine, AR (1919), Catcher, AR (1923), and the Tulsa Race Massacre (1921). The Tulsa Race Massacre will be a core part of a discussion that reaches out to include the events of Elaine and Catcher. The 1912 lynching of Sanford Lewis in Fort Smith will also be discussed, as it was the same racial and cultural perceptions pervasive of the Jim Crow era that led to Lewis' murder. The audience will have the opportunity to interact with Mr. Johnson during a Q & A at the conclusion of his presentation.

Following the program, the afternoon will continue with a community round table discussion on the Civil Rights Movement with local members of Black fraternities and sororities Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Omega Psi Phi.

The event is FREE and open to the public. However, tickets are required due to limited seating.

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