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Tue, 05.31.1921

Race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Memorial Plaque

On this date in 1921, 300 people died in the Tulsa Race riots, most of them Black, at the hands of a white-American mob.

One of the worst race riots in U.S. history, it lasted two days. Hundreds of people were injured, and more than 1000 Black-owned homes and businesses were destroyed. On the 75th anniversary of the riot, the city extended a spirit of reconciliation by the dedication of a Black granite memorial in Greenwood, the neighborhood most affected by the conflict.

The Oklahoma Legislature is considering reparations for victims and survivors and OWN network is creating a mini series for television possible airing in 2018.

Reference:
The Encyclopedia of African American Heritage
by Susan Altman
Copyright 1997, Facts on File, Inc. New York
ISBN 0-8160-3289-0

Tulsa Historical Society

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