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Tulsa digs again for victims of 1921 race massacre

Tulsa Massacre Mass Graves
Posted at 8:09 PM, Oct 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-18 23:09:45-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A second search for Black victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is to begin in a cemetery.

Forensic anthropologist Phoebe Stubblefield is assisting in the search and is a descendant of a massacre survivor.

She said the goal is to identify victims, notify their descendants and shed light on the violence. A similar excavation in the cemetery in July found no remains.

The violence happened on May 31 and June 1 in 1921, when white residents attacked Tulsa’s Black Wall Street. An estimated 300 were killed and 800 wounded. The area that had been a cultural and economic mecca for African Americans was decimated.