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photo by Carlos Sirah

ABOUT THE GRANT

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Remember2019 is an effort to make space for the congregation of Black communities and cultural workers in the Arkansas Delta. Our collective works in partnership with the community to support and facilitate local practices of self-determination, memory, and reflection directly related to the mass lynching of 1919, the lasting effects of racial terror, and the current and future health of these communities.

In 1919, in South Phillips County, lynch mobs killed upwards of 230 Black people in less than 72 hours. In their report on Lynching in America, The Equal Justice Initiative calls for the public acknowledgment and commemoration of mass violence, believing that “formalizing a space for memory, reflection, and grieving” helps communities recover from the traumatic history of mass violence. Remember2019 is a response to that call.

As we approach the centennial of the 1919 mass lynching in Phillips County, Remember2019 is producing a multi-modular suite of programming leading up to six artistic residencies over six years where local, Black, cultural workers will facilitate spaces for self-determination, memory, and reflection directly related to the mass lynching. The residencies include a community-engaged theater piece, presented in 2019, which will be in conversation with other commemorative efforts in the region.


ARTISTIC TEAM

Arielle Julia Brown
Mauricio Salgado
Carlos Sirah
Ashley Teague