One of the worst race massacres in the nation’s history occurred in Tulsa over a 14-hour period May 31-June 1, 1921.
Dozens of people were killed, hundreds were injured and thousands were left homeless. Most of the segregated black district, known as Greenwood, was destroyed. Although the massacre itself lasted only a few hours, its repercussions are still felt today.
Tulsa in 1921: 'Oil Capital of the World'
Tulsa's 1921 demographics
Tulsa and Greenwood
Modern Tulsa began in 1882
Glenn Pool oil field
World War I creates petroleum demand
T.D Evans elected Tulsa mayor
Tulsa law enforcement
Race issues in Tulsa and Oklahoma
Greenwood: Home to doctors, lawyers, teachers and exceptional schools
“Nab Negro for Attacking Girl in Elevator”
NAACP and The Black Dispatch
'We are going to lynch that negro'
Oklahoma National Guard
'All hell broke loose'
Seeking National Guard assistance
Guardsmen come under fire from both sides
'And the invasion of the negro district began'
'They joined in with the hoodlums in shooting at good citizens’ homes'
Complaints of khaki clothes
'Even women with shopping bags would come in'
Dr. A.C. Jackson
Oklahoma Gov. J.B.A. Robertson declares martial law
Detainees subject to harassment and humiliation
Fairgrounds camp houses up to 5,000
True death toll will probably never be known
37 death certificates
Conspiracy and cover-up?
Ku Klux Klan rally
Most insurance claims denied
Few landmarks associated with massacre remain
Statute of limitations runs out
Original indictment of participants dismissed in 2007
'Before They Die' documentary premieres in October 2008
Documentary shows survivors' struggle for reparations from 1921 massacre
October 2008: Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor apologizes
'I hope we get there very soon.'
February 2017: Tulsa Race Riot Centennial Commission announced
June 2018: Tulsa Public Schools teachers learn why race massacre is more accurate term
October 2018: Search for mass graves begins
Mass graves search sites
May 2019: Oklahoma state budget bill includes $1.5 million for Tulsa race massacre centennial
May 2019: Mayor G.T. Bynum sets 1921 Tulsa race massacre graves investigation into motion
May 2019: $9 million renovation and expansion of Greenwood Cultural Center announced
May 2019: Tulsa Regional Chamber to release 1921 minutes
June 2019: 'Signs of gentrification': Greenwood community worries residents being pushed out, history disrespected
July 2019: Tulsa Race Massacre commission picks firms to design exhibit center in Greenwood District
September 2019: New book, 'Tulsa 1921,' is product of years of research into Tulsa Race Massacre
September 2019: Plans for Greenwood museum unveiled: 'The past isn't really past at all. It's part of our present'
October 2019: 'I think it's about time': University of Tulsa library displays 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre exhibit to public
October 2019: Mass graves search begins
Why the Tulsa World uses "race massacre" now instead of "race riot"
Race Massacre: Tulsa Regional Chamber apologizes
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