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Day 6 of the mass graves search continues in Tulsa for possible victims of 1921 race massacre

Posted: 5:56 AM, Oct 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-15 06:57:02-04

TULSA, Okla. — Day 6 of the mass graves search continues in Tulsa for possible victims of the 1921 race massacre.

On Tuesday morning, the team of scientists and forensic archaeologists will move to a different location in the city. They will begin their scanning process with ground-penetrating radar at Newblock Park, north of the Arkansas River.

The Oklahoma Archaeological Survey (OAS) from the University of Oklahoma started the search on October 7 at Oaklawn Cemetery. This lasted six days and concluded on October 14.

Now, they will focus on two different areas at Newblock Park where possible victims of the race massacre may have been buried in mass graves.

While the official count of victims stands at 36, historians believe as many as 300 people died during the racial violent attack.

Three sites were identified in a 2001 State commissioned report based on hundreds of survivors' interviews and accounts of what happened: Oaklawn Cemetery, Newblock Park and Rolling Oaks Memorial Gardens Cemetery, formerly known as Booker T. Washington Cemetery.

In 2018, Tulsa's Mayor G.T. Bynum announced the reexamination of the potential of mass graves based on "public oversight, historical context and the physical evidence investigation."

The last location to be examined by the OAS will be the Rolling Oaks Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The date of the search hasn't been determined.

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