en more than one such article. Unfortunately, by the time the newspaper was microfilmed for archiving, the offending front-page article and part of the editorial page had been torn out. If anyone happens to come across some old newspapers and one of them is the May 31, 1921, Tulsa Tribune, please turn it over to the NAACP. This was not an isolated incident for the Tribune, which often referred to the black neighborhood as "little Africa."
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Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I heard people say, "They dumped bodies in the river during the race riot. "Some of what I heard was probably true; some was probably not.

This IS the truth, about a shameful episode in our history which you might not have believed before seeing the 1992 Los Angeles riot on television. This is about an even deadlier riot you didn't see on TV; the Tulsa Riot in the Spring of 1921.

From the evening of May 31st, to the afternoon of June 1st, 1921, more Americans killed fellow Americans in the Tulsa riot than probably any time since the Civil War. Estimates of 300 or more killed can only be estimates because so many bodies were allegedly disposed of in ways to make an accurate count impossible.

Because it was long ago, and considered something that would never happen again, not much has been written about the Tulsa Riot; "better to let sleeping dogs lie." But the Los Angeles Riot made it broadcast clear that history can repeat itself, and that it might be wise to wake a sleeping dog.

If we are to learn from history, the Tulsa Riot was an important lesson. This could be the textbook. It was written by those who were there, in their own words as they wrote them at the time; not based on somebody's distant memory.

Everything you see here; the pictures, newspaper clippings, letters, etc. came from a colle