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Search for mass graves begins in Tulsa

Posted: 5:48 AM, Oct 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-07 06:48:24-04

TULSA - The city of Tulsa begins its search for mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Monday.

The Oaklawn Cemetery is just one of three locations the city is looking for mass graves and will be first time to use ground penetrating radar as they search for anomalies in the ground.

When the city decided to move forward with the search, a mass graves committee was formed to to ensure transparency and community engagement into the process.

They held several meetings over the summer leading up to Monday's search.

With deep ties to North Tulsa, Greg Robinson was selected to the committee.

Robinson said growing up, his father told him stories about the Tulsa Race Massacre and the families it destroyed.

"I think finding a body would validate those stories and would also serve as an opportunity to bring peace to those bodies but also to open up a bigger investigation," Robinson said. "The fact of the matter is, is this is a crime scene that there has yet to be justice for."

Robinson hopes anyone with information on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre will come forward and tell their stories so more of the pieces can be put together.

The search process using the ground-penetrating radar is scheduled from 1:30 to 4 Monday and is open the public.

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