Monday and Tuesday mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre when white supremacists laid siege against the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Greenwood was a successful and wealthy Black community often referred to as “Black Wall Street.” Men, women and children where dragged from their homes and killed, then their houses were looted and burned. Incendiary bombs were dropped from planes. Over 35 square blocks were leveled. For the most part records of the massacre have been suppressed or destroyed. Even the total number killed is unclear. Current estimates run about 300 dead. Most were buried in mass unmarked graves whose locations and boundaries are not totally clear. Postcards were printed and circulated among white supremacists as souvenirs.
Three new documentaries will cover the Tulsa Race Massacre, two this weekend and one on June 18th:
- “Tulsa Burning – The 1921 Race Massacre” this Sunday on the History Channel
- “Tulsa: The Fire And The Forgotten” this Monday of PBS
- “Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer” June 18 on National Geographic; June 19 on Hulu
NPR’s TV Critic, David Bianculli, reviewed the three documentaries on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
I wrote about the the Tulsa Race Massacre last year in my other blog, Just Sayin 2.0, including 8 videos featuring interviews and oral histories of people who survived this horrific atrocity.
Images of Tulsa in 1921 are Public Domain.
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