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Massacre survivors to testify against City of Tulsa

Posted at 9:55 AM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 10:55:53-04

TULSA, Okla. — Two survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre are set to testify against the City of Tulsa and others over the lives lost during the massacre.

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According to court records, 105-year-old Lessie Randle and 106-year-old Viola Fletcher are plaintiffs in the civil suit that seeks to "remedy the ongoing nuisance caused by the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in the Greenwood District of Tulsa and to obtain benefits unjustly received by defendants based on the massacre."

Randle and fletcher are set to testify via zoom on Oct. 14th and 16th.

The second test excavation and core samplings for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Graves Investigation is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19.

READ MORE: Second test excavation in 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Graves Investigation to begin Oct. 19

Researchers will continue their search for mass graves of victims of the massacre at two sites in Oaklawn Cemetery.

The excavation is expected to take one week, starting each day at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.

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