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Tulsa Race Riot of 1921- Oklahoma Commission

Tulsa Race Riot of 1921- Oklahoma Commission

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" Worthwhile reading! The Tulsa race riot was a large scale racially-motivated conflict between the white and black communities, including aerial attack, beginning May 31, 1921- over 800 people were admitted hospitals, an estimated 10,000 were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire.
" Worthwhile reading! The Tulsa race riot was a large scale racially-motivated conflict between the white and black communities, including aerial attack, beginning May 31, 1921- over 800 people were admitted hospitals, an estimated 10,000 were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire.

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Tulsa Race Riot
A Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921February 28, 2001
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iiFebruary 21, 2001Honorable Frank Keating Honorable Susan Savage Governor of Oklahoma Mayor of TulsaOklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119Honorable Larry Adair Members of the City Council Speaker of the House of Representatives City of Tulsa Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119Honorable Stratton Taylor President Pro Tempore of the Senate Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105Dear Sir or Madam:Pursuant to House Joint Resolution 1035 (1997), as amended, I have the honor to trans mit here with the Final Re port of Find ings and Rec om men da tions of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Com mis sion. The re port in-cludes the commission’s findings on each specific item assigned it by statute, and it also explains the methods and processes that led to those findings. In addition, the commission has exercised the option, granted it by law, to make recommendations concerning reparations related to the tragedy. This Com mis sion fully un der stands that it is nei ther judge nor jury. We have no bind ing le gal authorityto assign culpability, to determine damages, to establish a remedy, or to order either restitution or repara- tions. However, in our interim report in Feb ru ary, 2000 the ma jor ity of Com mis sioners declared that rep- arations to the historic Greenwood community in real and tangible form would be good public policy and do much to repair the emotional and physical scars of this terrible incident in our shared past. We listed several recommended courses of action including direct payments to riot survivors and descendants; a schol ar ship fund avail able to stu dents af fected by the riot; es tab lish ment of an eco nomic de vel op ment en-terprise zone in the historic Greenwood district; a memorial for the riot victims. In the fi nal re port is sued to day, the ma jor ity of Com mis sioners con tinue to sup port these recommenda- tions. While each Commissioner has their own opinion about the type of reparations that they would ad- vocate, the majority has no question about the appropriateness of reparations. The recommendations are not intended to be all inclusive, but rather to give policy mak ers a sense of the Commission’s feelings about reparations and a starting place for the creation of their own ideas.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Prologue
State Representative Don Ross
Final Report of the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 1
Compiled by Dr. Danney Goble (Univer sity of Oklahoma
)History Knows No Fences: An Overview 21
Dr. John Hope Frank lin (James B. Duke Professor Emer itus, Duke Univer sity)
 
Dr. Scott Ellsworth (Consul tant to the Commission)
The Tulsa Race Riot 37
Dr. Scott Ellsworth
Airplanes and the Riot 103
Richard Warner (Tulsa Histor ical Society)
Confirmed Deaths: A Preliminary Report 109
Dr. Clyde Snow (Consul tant to the Oklahoma State Med ical Examiner)
The Investigation of Potential Mass Grave Locations for the Tulsa Race Riot 123
Dr. Robert Brooks (State Ar chaeol ogist) Dr. Alan H. Witten (Univer sity of Oklahoma
)History Uncovered: Skeletal Remains As a Vehicle to the Past 133
Dr. Lesley Rankin-Hill (Univer sity of Oklahoma)Phoebe Stubblefield (Univer sity of Florida)
Riot Property Loss 143
Larry O’Dell (Oklahoma Histor ical Society)
Asessing State and City Culpability: The Riot and the Law 153
Al fred Brophy (Oklahoma City Univer sity)
Notes on Contributors 175 Epilogue
State Senator Maxine Hor ner 
Chronological Maps of the Tulsa Race Riot
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