Tulsa, Oklahoma, Race Riot (1921)

Smith, Jessie Carney
January 2009
Freedom Facts & Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil ;2009, p72
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Information about the Race Riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June 1921 is presented. Tulsa Race Riot has been called the worst race riot in U.S. history, which started when a 19-year-old black man named Dick Rowland was falsely accused of an assault to a young white woman. It states that tensions mounted when other black men armed themselves and went to jail to ensure the safety of Rowland. The riot resulted to the deaths of nine whites and 21 blacks, and injuries of over 800 people.


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