Court ruling allows lawsuit against the City of Tulsa, race massacre survivors to move forward

TULSA, Okla. — A historic court ruling allows the three survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre to head to trial in the case against the City of Tulsa, as they try and prove the massacre was a “public nuisance.”

On Aug. 3, Tulsa County Courts Judge Caroline Wall released a 13-page order denying the defendants’ efforts to dismiss the plaintiffs’ claim that the massacre was a public nuisance.

This order now allows the survivors, Lessie Benningfield, Viola Fletcher, and Hughes Van Ellis to have their day in court and try to prove that the massacre continues to impact black Tulsans today.

This is a developing story.