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September 2019 will be the 100th anniversary of what has come to be known as the Elaine massacre in Eastern Arkansas’s Phillips County. A century ago, white posses and U.S. soldiers shot and killed what may have been hundreds of African Americans, most of them tenant farmers, over a period of four days. The black farmers’ crime: The men were unionizing to obtain fair prices for their cotton, and in some cases trying to buy their own farms.
Little Rock's Pettaway neighborhood, once plagued by gang activity, is amid a revival, thanks to incomers and novel construction. New residents say they want the area to remain as diverse as the architecture.
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