Tulsa searches for remains of victims of 1921 race massacre; over 300 killed in riot

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Oaklawn Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma – Courtesy: CBS

TULSA, Okla. (Tulsa World) —(AP & CBS) Tulsa is continuing efforts to search for remains of victims of a 1921 race massacre. The Tulsa World reports that officials announced Monday that a test excavation will be conducted at Oaklawn Cemetery in April.

Oaklawn Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma – Courtesy: CBS

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State archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck says the excavations will provide much more detail than geophysical surveys that were done in October.


Tulsa’s mayor announced in 2018 that the city would re-examine sites in search of victims of the 1921 massacre.

As many as 300 people were killed during a riot that occured over the course of 16 hours, when mobs of white residents attacked black residents and businesses.

(Video above provided by Amy Slanchik , with KOTV- CBS)

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