• FOX23 Investigates: What happened to the bodies from 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre?

    By: Janna Clark , Ryan Love


    TULSA, Okla. - A plan is coming together to search for the bodies of those killed nearly 100 years ago in the Tulsa Race Massacre.

    On June 1, 1921, Tulsa's Greenwood District -- Black Wall Street -- was on fire. Historians say more than 35 blocks burned and over 300 people died.

    Black Wall Street was home to the state's second-largest African American community.

    READ MORE: Oklahoma receives national Historic Places listing for Tulsa Massacre site

    Due to the temperature after the tragedy, historians say there was a rush to dispose of the bodies.

    According to some accounts, bodies may have been thrown in the Arkansas River, and further evidence shows bodies could have been buried at Newblock Park, Oak Lawn Cemetary, or near the former Booker T. Washington Cemetery.

    Mayor G.T. Bynum proposed spending $100,000 on the search for potential mass graves in his budget plan for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

    READ MORE: Mayor Bynum proposes city budget for fiscal year 2019-20

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