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Experts to continue talks about search for potential mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Mayor: City to search for mass graves
Posted at 5:39 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 18:40:57-04

TULSA, Okla. — Experts are continuing talks about the search for potential mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

The Public Oversight Committee announced Friday that it's hosting a virtual meeting next week to provide an update from the initial test excavation in July along with an analysis of the artifacts uncovered at the Oaklawn Cemetery site, according to the City of Tulsa.

The Physical Investigation Committee will also discuss geophysical research conducted at the Clyde Eddy site within the Oaklawn Cemetery, city officials said. It will also discuss the prioritization of locations for further investigation to guide the city’s efforts going forward.

In late July, archaeologists conducted an eight-day test excavation within the Sexton area at Oaklawn Cemetery. Officials said searchers found no evidence of human remains present in the area. They found mostly fill debris and artifacts, some dating back to the 1920s.

READ MORE: Researchers find no evidence of human remains during first test excavation for potential mass graves

Some of the notable findings included:

  • various bottles and other artifacts
  • a bullet
  • two pairs of shoes
  • an old, buried road

The city said the are multiple sites of interest that are still candidates for possible graves related to the Tulsa Race Massacre.

The virtual meeting is set to take place Monday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Click here to attend the meeting.

For the latest updates on the search for possible graves, click here.

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