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1921 mass graves search: scientists propose 'test excavation' at Oaklawn

Posted at 10:34 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 23:35:15-05

TULSA, Okla. — Nearly 100 years later, the families to victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre could get answers and closure.

A tentative plan was revealed. Scientists are set to finally break ground at Oaklawn Cemetery, this April.

It is a big step in the investigation, but what some Public Oversight Committee members still push for is that Rolling Oaks Cemetery finally be scanned by radar for remains. They have struggled to get the property owner's permission.

Amy Brown, Deputy Mayor for the City of Tulsa, says, "The city of Tulsa is in conversations with the private property owner. He has been seeking some guaranteeing of the work to be performed."

Another proposal is to further scan the Clyde Eddy area of Oaklawn. A scientist admitted, areas there were missed during the first scanning in October.

They hope to have a concrete excavation date by the next meeting, March 2, 5:30 p.m. inside Rudisill Library.

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