Final soil collection ceremony held for unknown Tulsa Race Massacre victims

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition and the Equal Justice Initiative hosted their final soil collection on Monday morning – honoring the remaining unknown victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

This particular memorial service was special, being held 100 years to the day of the Race Massacre with two of the three living survivors in attendance, Hughes Van Ellis and Viola Fletcher.

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Founded in 2018, the Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, identified thousands of racial terror incidents across the country between 1877 and 1950.

Their goal is to honor the history and lives lost on sacred land through soil collection.

We’ve told you 35 blocks of the historic Greenwood District were burned with hundreds of homes, businesses and people destroyed.

The Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition says moving forward, “We’ll continue to uplift and amplify the lives of those we lost in the ongoing pursuit for real and meaningful justice.”

Dozens of people came out to the soil collection Monday morning, along with local, state and national leaders.