Tulsa Race Massacre survivors receive $1 million donation from nonprofit organization

TULSA, Okla. — The three known survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre are expressing their gratitude after receiving a million-dollar donation from a New York-based nonprofit organization.

108-year-old Viola Fletcher cried tears of joy while receiving the donation from the Be Good Foundation Wednesday.

Between the donation, and recently a Tulsa judge approving the survivors’ lawsuit to move forward in court, 101-year-old survivor Hughes Van Ellis is feeling overwhelmed with emotion.

“Good gracious, it’s unbelievable. I’ve been saying it’s a good year and I see people with ‘good’ on their chest. That means its coming from the Lord. We appreciate that,’” Ellis said.

The survivors’ spokesman and Mother Fletcher’s grandson, Ike Howard, says the money is helpful and goes toward medical expenses, handicap transportation, and items needed to accommodate the survivors.