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Tulsa Officials to Oversee Search for Mass Graves Nearly 100 Years After 1921 Race Massacre

HeadlineMay 13, 2019

And in Tulsa, Oklahoma, city officials have formed a committee to oversee the search for mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. On May 31, 1921, a white mob killed as many as 300 people, most of them black, after a black man was accused of assaulting a white elevator operator. Over two days, white mobs set fire to homes, businesses and churches in Greenwood, a thriving African-American business district known at the time as the Black Wall Street. The massacre was largely overlooked by most Americans at the time, but local community leaders in Tulsa are ramping up efforts to uncover mass graves and seeking to bring public awareness to the area’s history as the 100th anniversary of the massacre approaches. Click here to see Democracy Now!’s coverage of the Tulsa race riot.

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