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Fourth set of remains found as part of the 1921 graves investigation

Posted at 9:53 AM, Sep 14, 2023

TULSA, Okla. — The City of Tulsa says excavation revealed a fourth set of remains as the third excavation at Oaklawn Cemetery continues as part of the 1921 Graves Investigation.

As of September 20 searchers uncovered a total of 50 graves shafts. The excavation team exhumed four remains since this third excavation started.

2 News Oklahoma met Tulsa native and former WNBA player, Iciss Tillis, who said she's been visiting the site daily.

"I promised myself that I would be out here praying for these people," said Tillis. "It's been over a hundred years to be buried in a mass grave. It's almost more than I can bear, so I just had to be out here."

Remains believed to be connected to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre are being sent to Intermountain Forensics for DNA and genealogical analysis.

The city's main goals for this excavation are to expand the excavation block and expose burial areas while properly documenting them.

They will continue to work in the southwestern portion of the cemetery, looking for evidence consistent with previous sites.

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