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Hundreds Gather To Pay Respects On Massacre Anniversary

Participants share a candle flame

On the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, light rain didn’t stop hundreds from paying their respects at a candlelight vigil.  

State Sen. Kevin Matthews, chair of the commission that organized the vigil, explained the significance of the 10:30 p.m. start time.

"10:30 was when the violence started," Matthews said. "We're going to go from 10:30 to 10:40, that first ten minutes of that terrible violence right here in the Greenwood area 100 years ago."

Historians say the attack lasted through the night and into the next day. In the end, approximately 35 blocks of Greenwood were destroyed.

The vigil took place at Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street.