Tulsa Race Riot anniversary

Ruins of the Tulsa Riot. 6-1-21.  1989.004.5.10.

Ruins of the Tulsa Riot. 6-1-21. 1989.004.5.10.

Today marks the 95th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot and the looting and destruction of the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa.  The official estimates of the death toll was 36 people; 10 White:26 Black.  Over the next year the Red Cross estimated that over 300 died as a result of the Riot. 35 blocks were destroyed including many homes, businesses, and schools.

The events still remain a controversial topic in Tulsa, and we in Special Collections are committed to continue to teach and to share the historical events.

Please join us in remembering those who lost everything in the destruction and violence of that 24 hour period, whether their stories are known or not.  And to honor and celebrate those who rebuilt afterward, in the face of official resistance.

The Department of Special Collections Digital Collections on this topic may be found online here.


About Marc Carlson

The Librarian of Special Collections and University Archives, McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa since November 2005.He holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology from Oklahoma State University. He has worked in McFarlin Library since 1986.
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