" vAlign="center" width="39%">Guards Ready to Return Tulsa Tribune, June 4, 1921



     That the national guard, 2,500 strong, mobilized for action while in annual encampment at Ft. Sill from June 6 to June 20, will keep a watch full eye upon Tulsa and be ready at a moment’s notice to entrain for the city to prevent any threatened disturbance in the near future, was the parting assurance of Adjutant General Charles F. Barrett, as he prepared to leave for Oklahoma City last night.

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Tulsa Race Riot & The Angels of Mercy



From the original text, as first published.

Tulsa Tribune, Monday, June 6, 1921

Emergencies come when every citizen is expected to be a good soldier.

Gen. Wheeler.


    The Committee on Public Welfare has the city well guarded and there is little cause for any anxiety of any further trouble. But it is the duty of every citizen to appreciate the fact that in the aftermath of any such disaster as Tulsa has experienced there is just cause for police vigilance and that it is perfectly proper for the police forces in power to question any person. Any person who is asked to halt to be questioned or searched should immediately be obedient to such request. Every person contributes to the readjustment of normal conditions and of peace by being obedient to every request of any police officer.
    The way to build peace now is to be peaceable and have full respect for the authority of all officers of the law. If everybody will go about his work in a peaceful manner and do all he can to re-establish the full sense of peace in invested authorities Tulsa is going to come out all right.

Restore Peace


    The Oklahoma National Guard deserves much praise for its promptness and efficiency in meeting the emergency needs of Tulsa. It brought its men from Oklahoma City here with true military dispatch and held in readiness supplemental forces in nearby cities. The American Legion, working under the police department and Colonel Hurley’s volunteer forces, are also deserving of the people’s gratitude for the aid they are now giving at this time.

The Chicago (Defender), Saturday (probably in October, l921)

Officer of Law Tells Who Ordered Aeroplanes to Destroy Homes

    Tulsa, Okla. Oct. 14 – EIisah Scott of Topeka, Kan., one of the attorneys retained by the Tulsa riot victims, has a signed affidavit in his possession that when produced will throw an entirely new light on the insurrection carefully planned by the whites here on May 31 last.
    It is the confession of a former Tulsa policeman, Van B. Hurley (white), and consists of 31 pages. Hurley, who was honorably discharged from the force and given splendid recommendations by his

Tulsa Plot captains and lieutenants, names several prominent city officials who he declared met in a downtown office and carefully planned the attack on the segregated district by the use of airplanes. He gives in detail a description of the conference between local aviators and the officials.      After this meeting Hurley asserted the airplanes darted out from hangars and hovered over the district dropping nitroglycerin on buildings, setting them afire. When questioned regarding instructions from police officials shortly