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Tulsa Race Massacre mass grave search starts again

Posted at 3:27 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 18:02:32-04

TULSA, Okla. — The City of Tulsa is resuming the search for a mass grave from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

The city is investigating a long held belief that during the massacre there was a mass grave for people killed in the attacks. There have been several different locations speculated as the location.

READ MORE: Descendants ready for 1921 race massacre grave search to restart

A test excavation at Oaklawn Cemetery is scheduled for Monday, July 13. City officials said it could take three to six days.

In March, an investigation found a possible mass grave at that location, but COVID-19 forced the test stopped.

As a city, we are committed to exploring what happened in 1921 through a collective and transparent process - filling gaps in our city’s history and providing healing and justice to our community. In the past 99 years, no other agency or government entity has moved this far into an investigation that will seek truth into what happened in Tulsa in 1921. As we resume with the test excavation, we’re taking all precautions to do so under the safest environment possible. I’m thankful for the health and wellbeing of our partners who have diligently coordinated with our team to move forward with this work during the constraints of the pandemic and record heat we are expecting.
Mayor G.T. Bynum

To learn more more about the mass grave search, click here.

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