Race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma
On this date in 1921, 300 people died in the Tulsa Race riots, most of them Black, at the hands of a White mob.
One of the worst race riots in U.S. history, it lasted two days. Hundreds of people were injured, and more than 1000 Black-owned homes and businesses were destroyed. On the 75th anniversary of the riot, the city extended a spirit of reconciliation by the dedication of a Black granite memorial in Greenwood, the neighborhood most affected by the conflict.
Currently, the Oklahoma Legislature is considering reparations for victims and survivors.
The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage
by Susan Altman
Copyright 1997, Facts on File, Inc. New York
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