Scanning for remains of victims of Tulsa Race Massacre complete at two sites

The Associated Press - October 18, 2019 10:22 am

Mayor G.T. Bynum, left, talks with Scott Hammerstedt, researcher from the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, at a search for possible mass burial graves from Tulsa's 1921 Race Massacre at Oaklawn Cemetery, in Tulsa, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Scanning for the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is complete at two of three sites in north Tulsa.

The city said Thursday that scanning with ground-penetrating radar by the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey is finished at Oaklawn Cemetery and a nearby park.

The city said scanning at another cemetery will take place “in the coming weeks” for victims of the violence that left as many as 300 dead on Tulsa’s Black Wall Street.

Results are expected to be presented to an oversight committee in December or January.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said in October the sites would be re-examined after inspections in the late 1990s and early 2000s failed to reveal suspected graves. Bynum said current technology “is light years” ahead of what was available then.

 

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