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Ceremony honors Tulsa Race Massacre victims at Sandpipe Hill

Posted at 7:05 AM, May 31, 2021

TULSA, Okla. — Monday marks 100 years since Tulsa’s deadly race massacre in the Greenwood District.

Leaders within Tulsa’s Black community are commemorating the legacy of Black Wall Street with a final soil collection to memorialize the victims of the tragedy.

Tulsa’s Remembrance Coalition and the Equal Justice Initiative will host the event to honor the remaining and unknown victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Over the past two years, the two organizations worked in Montgomery, Alabama to honor the history and the lives of victims through a series of “soil” collections. Each sample represents a life lost during the massacre.

On Monday, the event will honor their final sample for their collection. The event is also supposed to honor survivors and descendants of the massacre as well as those who served in the nation’s military.

This comes as the “Remember & Rise” event was also supposed to be held at ONEOK Field. That would have featured artist John Legend and keynote speaker Stacey Abrams. But, that event has been canceled.

READ MORE: Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial's 'Remember and Rise' commemoration canceled

Monday’s memorial event comes one day before President Biden will be in Tulsa. He is expected to deliver remarks on the Centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. He will also be meeting with survivors of the massacre at the Greenwood Cultural Center.

The soil collection is happening at John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park at 10 a.m.

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