Race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tue, 1921-05-31

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.

The Oklahoma Legislature is considering reparations for victims and survivors and OWN network is creating a mini series for television possible airing in 2016.

The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage
by Susan Altman
Copyright 1997, Facts on File, Inc. New York
ISBN 0-8160-3289-0

Tulsa Historical Society