May 31, 1921

Tulsa-Race-Massacre 1921
Destruction of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the 1921 Race Massacre.

The Tulsa Race Massacre occurred on May 31 – June 1, 1921, when mobs of white people attacked and destroyed the Greenwood residential and business district, a prospering black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Massacre occurred when a black man was accused of assaulting a white woman in a downtown elevator. The Tulsa Race Massacre is considered the worst example of racial violence in American history.

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Photo Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, Call Number LOT 13095, no. 4.

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