• Tulsa leaders remember Tulsa Race Riot

    By: Farron Salley


    Quick Facts:

    • The Tulsa Race Riot happened 95 years ago
    • On Tuesday, a special dedication was made to the Greenwood Cultural Center
    • City leaders, TPD officers and a state senator attended the dedication

    A piece of Tulsa history joined the Greenwood Cultural Center on the 95th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot.

    A TPD officer recently found a photo of Tulsa’s first black police officer. When he saw it, he told FOX23 he felt compelled to dedicate it to the Greenwood Cultural Center.

    Tuesday, that dedication happened, the officer acknowledging that despite Officer Barney Cleaver's arrival on the force, he likely received poor treatment by his peers. 

    FOX23 was LIVE during the dedication: 


    He told FOX23 he hopes TPD can become a positive part of Tulsa’s history. Other historical and city leaders weighed in on the anniversary of the riot.

    Oklahoma senator James Lankford also attended the dedication. While there, he said he wanted the history of the riot to be shared on a national level.

    The Tulsa Race Riot left many business owned by black Tulsans in flames and killed hundreds. 



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