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1921 Graves Investigation: Test Excavation Expected to Begin April 1

Posted at 8:18 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 21:49:39-05

TULSA, Okla. — In the search for mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, officials announced that the test excavation at Oaklawn Cemetery will begin April 1.

The Public Oversight Committee for the investigation met Monday evening at Rudisill Regional Library to discuss next steps of the physical investigation.

Officials say the excavation process should last approximately 10 days.

Oaklawn Cemetery will be closed to the public, but officials say during business hours, there will be a viewing area available on the trail located west of the cemetery.

Photography and video of human remains will be strictly prohibited, officials said. A tent will be placed over the excavation site to prevent any overhead cameras or drones in the area.

In February, the committee conducted a test excavation in the sexton area in Oaklawn Cemetery and identified a large anomaly consistent with a mass grave, officials said.

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On May 4, the committee will meet again to review findings from the April test excavation and geophysical work.

For more information about the 1921 grave search, click here.

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