98 YEARS LATER: 1921 TULSA RACE MASSACRE

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98 YEARS LATER: 1921 TULSA RACE MASSACRE

Here's a brief background of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

This mural was unveiled on the anniversary of attack, 2018 at the Greenwood Cultural Center. Painted by artist Skribe and project managed by Chris Sker.

 

May 30, 1921 -  a Black male, Dick Rowland is ACCUSED of assaulting Sarah Page, a white woman, in an elevator.

May 31, 1921 - Rowland was arrested and a local newspaper ignited an attack with its headline. Greenwood, one of Americas wealthiest Black communities, would soon be destroyed. Over the next 24 hours black businesses and homes were burned down and people killed. 

There has been much debate over the terminology to describe this attack- Riot VS. Massacre. By definition, a riot is a violent disturbance of peace by a crowd. Black people were attacked and killed. Why the debate?

As for many, the history of this attack history was not taught, not in the history books and barely any resources available. Recently, curriculum has been created and introduced into our Oklahoma schools.

 

The last known survivor and witness to the racial attack, Dr. Olivia Hooker, passed away November 2018 at the age of 103.

 

If you haven't already done so, please take the time to check out a couple resources below, as well as create your own path of knowledge and become better educated on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. 

 

Tulsa Race Commission 

Tulsa Historical Society and Musuem

Tulsa Rudisill Library: African American Resource Center

 

As of May 2019 the people of Tulsa are STILL REBUILDING. Imagine, 98 years later and STILL fighting. 

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