Panel: Extend search for 1921 Tulsa race massacre victims
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A committee overseeing a project to find the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre says more areas should be investigated.
The Oklahoma Archaeological Survey used ground-penetrating radar to search north Tulsa’s Oaklawn Cemetery on Monday. It also plans to search another cemetery and a park for the victims of the violence that left as many as 300 dead on Tulsa’s Black Wall Street.
Oversight committee member and state Rep. Regina Goodwin says searchers should also look under U.S. Highway 75, adjacent to the cemetery, where she believes bodies may have been buried.
Officials say that Monday’s search was largely inconclusive because nearby cameras and cellphones interfered with scanning equipment. Bystanders are asked to stay at least 300 feet (90 meters) away. The area will be searched again.