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Tulsan hammers 1,100 crosses in front yard to honor Oklahomans lost to COVID-19

Posted at 10:46 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 23:57:06-04

TULSA, Okla. — A front yard of crosses in Tulsa’s Fair Park neighborhood represents the Oklahomans killed by the coronavirus.

1,119 Oklahoma residents have died, so far, because of the virus, according to the state’s data.

Toby Gregory put that number into perspective on his front yard. Gregory hammered 21 rows of white crosses in his grass. The work started in July and took at least 200 hours. Black, skulled fencing guards the paint-stick crosses.

Gregory hopes his work brings more meaning and reflection to the lives lost.

The Tulsa Health Department reports 180 total deaths in Tulsa county from COVID-19.

Three Tulsa zip codes are in the red zone, meaning severe: 74131, 74134, and 74103.

READ MORE: Tulsa Health Department’s COVID-19 risk map shows 3 severe risk zip codes

The neighborhood of the cross display is in the yellow moderate risk zone: 74112.

Gregory’s neighbor, Marc Carlson, said, “We are, in fact, losing real people. This is not just numbers that are appearing.”

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