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City council tour areas impacted by Race Riots

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Posted at 7:21 AM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 08:21:42-04

TULSA – City leaders are set to take a tour of the areas impacted by the Race Riots that took place 95 years ago.

The Race Riots spanned from May 31 to June 1st of 1921 and destroyed much of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street.

“It is a piece of Tulsa’s history, and we should know our history,” District One Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson said. “It’s not just black history, it’s every Tulsans’ history—black or white—and, if we don’t understand what caused it and how divisive it still can be, we are setting ourselves up to repeat it.  We’ve seen racial tensions explode all over the United States; but not here.  And I know that has a lot to do with our history and the 1921 Race Riot.”

Around 35 blocks were ruined in the incident that took place almost 100 years ago.

Learn more about the history here

Tulsa city councilors along with members of the board of directors of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation and local faith leaders are set to start the tour right before 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Greenwood Cultural Center.

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