TU opens Tulsa Race Massacre exhibit to Public

Posted at 5:16 AM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 14:05:43-05

TULSA - Displaying years of special collections, Tulsa University opened it’s doors for a rare look into years of research and history from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

There’s still so much unknown about the event, but university members hope to what they've learned through the collection.

The pop up exhibit at the McFarlin Library is titled “The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the Aftermath.”

It displays maps, documents and more than 100 photographs revealing the tragedies.

Having done research on the topic for years, Head of Special Collections Marc Carlson believes the public should understand what happened in one of Tulsa’s biggest moments in history.

“These events are actually more important now than when I started 30 years ago because the current climate that we live in shows that we’re not done yet," said Carlson. "We have not moved past issues of race.”

Carlson hopes the exhibit will give a face to the tragedies and become an image in people’s minds they won’t forget.

The city is already planing the centennial of the massacre for 2021.

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