HBO's 'Watchmen' sparks interest in 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

1921 TULSA Race Massacre mentioned in new HBO comic series

TULSA, Okla. — The debut of HBO's new "Watchmen" series on Sunday inspired people around the United States to do their own research on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

The show is set in Tulsa and opened its series premiere with a dramatic depiction of the massacre.

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According to data from Google, search interest in the "Tulsa Race Massacre" peaked around midnight Sunday. "Watchman" debuted at 8 p.m. Central time.

Unsurprisingly, the strongest interest came from Oklahoma, but several other states also saw a noticeable uptick in Google searches.

The events that led to the massacre started on May 30, 1921, when Dick Rowland, a young black man, was accused of assaulting a white woman, Sarah Page, in an elevator in downtown Tulsa. Rowland disputed the accusation, and Page eventually dropped the claim. However, the damage had been done once rumor spread through the city, and newspaper reporting caused anger among white citizens.

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Tensions between black and white Tulsans quickly reached a boiling point. White people took up arms and attacked Black Wall Street and the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa. Many, homes, businesses and lives were destroyed.


In 2019, the City of Tulsa organized a search for long-rumored mass grave sites in the city. Officials are searching four areas of interest with ground-penetrating radar. The search started in October and FOX23 is following the developments.

If you'd like to learn more about the Tulsa Race Massacre, including how you can help support efforts to commemorate the lives lost and continue to educate people today with their stories, visit the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission website.

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