100 Years Later: Remembering The Lives Lost In The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Monday, May 31st 2021, 7:04 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -

The Tulsa community is remembering the lives and businesses lost 100 years ago in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Exactly 100 years ago On Monday, a white mob came together for what would be 24 hours of killing black Tulsans, burning down homes and almost completely destroying the entire Greenwood community.

As the living survivors and history books tell it, it all began on the morning of May 30, 1921 when a young black man named Dick Rowland was riding in an elevator with a white woman. The details of what happened vary, but the sheriff's report said he hurt the woman.

The next day, Rowland was arrested and the community started a confrontation. In the 16 hours that followed, the prosperous community of Black Wall Street was looted and burned by white rioters.

35 blocks of Greenwood were burned to the ground, more than 800 people were injured, and some believe as many as 300 people were killed but the exact number is still unknown.

To this day, the three living survivors have never received any sort of reparations from the city or the community.

The Tulsa Race Massacre is known as one of the biggest acts of racial terrorism in the country, but not a single person who committed the violence and murders have ever been identified or punished for their actions.