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Oklahoma High Court Tosses Suit Brought by Tulsa Race Massacre Survivors

HeadlineJun 14, 2024

Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit from the last two survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. An estimated 300 Black people were killed when a white mob burned down what was known as “Black Wall Street,” the thriving African American neighborhood of Greenwood. Viola Fletcher and Lessie Benningfield Randle are 110 and 109 years old. Their lawyers say they will request a rehearing by the Oklahoma Supreme Court and called on the Justice Department to open an investigation into the massacre under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007.

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