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Gallery: Mass grave found during a search for victims from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Gallery: Mass grave found during a search for victims from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

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Researchers are working in area in the cemetery’s southwest corner which has long been identified as a likely resting place for as many as 18 Black men killed in Tulsa’s 1921 Race Massacre.

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Last fall, researchers found what they said appear to be 12 badly decomposed coffins fitted tightly into a trench in what was once Oaklawn's Black paupers' field. Based on written evidence, the manner of burial and two nearby tombstones, the scientists believe the remains are likely those of Black men killed in the May 31-June 1 fighting that culminated in the destruction of Tulsa's African American Greenwood section.

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