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Community reacts to mass grave search

Posted at 5:12 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 19:42:21-05

TULSA, Okla. — The community is reacting to newly-released findings in the search for mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.

“That was a huge success, but now 24 hours later we need to get back to rolling our sleeves up and to make sure that all the bodies get excavated,” Dr. Turner said.

The Vernon AME Church that Dr. Turner now leads was rebuilt after the massacre.

The sanctuary in the church still a reminder of the resilience and faith of those who stayed to rebuild.

Dr. Turner says he's humbled by his role in the search for mass graves.

“I remember going back to the very first meeting I had with the mayor at a town hall at Morningstar where I first raised the question about the mass graves and he for the first time as a mayor committed publicly to doing some sort of excavation,“ Dr. Turner said.

Dr. Turner says he's grateful for the work that's been done, but believes the community still needs more answers.

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