Foundation gifts $100,000 to 3 Tulsa Race Massacre survivors

The Associated Press - June 5, 2021 7:59 am

FILE - This photo provided by the Department of Special Collections, McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa shows the ruins of Dunbar Elementary School and the Masonic Hall in the aftermath of the June 1, 1921, Tulsa Race Massacre in Tulsa, Okla. (Department of Special Collections, McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa via AP, File)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa-based nonprofit says it’s gifting $100,000 to each of the known living survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The Justice for Greenwood Foundation announced the gifts on Thursday for Hughes Van Ellis Sr., Lessie Benningfield Randle, and Viola Fletcher.

The three centenarian survivors have been a focal point of much of the activities over the last week commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the attack by a white mob on the then-thriving Black district. All three also are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the City of Tulsa and other defendants seeking reparations for the destruction and lost wealth of its residents and their descendants.


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