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The Search for Mass Graves Moves Forward

KWGS News/City of Tulsa



  The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Graves Investigation Public Oversight Committee met last night for the third time to discuss the historical narrative aspect of the investigation and identify key decision points during the physical investigation process and establish ground rules for each step moving forward. This discussion will continue for the September meeting. 


The next 1921 Graves Public Oversight Committee Meeting will be held on September 26, 5:30 p.m. at Vernon AME Church, 311 N. Greenwood Ave.


Three goals have been established around the 1921 graves reexamination, including: public oversight, historical context and the physical evidence investigation.


The physical evidence investigation will be led by the State of Oklahoma Archaeological Survey based at the University of Oklahoma, which will use ground penetrating radar at three sites in Tulsa, including: Oaklawn Cemetery, Newblock Park and Rolling Oaks Memorial Gardens, formerly Booker T. Washington Cemetery. The team is expected to start their work this fall.