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1921 Graves Investigation

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The City of Tulsa launched the 1921 Graves Investigation to help find answers from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. To do this, the City has convened some of the best experts in America to help locate, identify and connect people today with those who were lost more than 100 years ago. The public's help is needed in this historical and groundbreaking work.

Genealogy Process, Burials, and Surnames | Project Overview | Photos & Video

Historic Discovery Made in 1921 Graves Investigation

Mayor G.T. Bynum and forensic scientists and genealogists from Intermountain Forensics, the laboratory assisting the City with DNA analysis for the 1921 Graves Investigation, announced a historic update as it relates to the DNA and genealogical investigation from the 2021 and 2022 excavations and exhumations at Oaklawn Cemetery.

How You Can Help the 1921 Graves Investigation

If you have family stories, a surname/geological location tied to one listed below, have taken a DNA test or would like to take one, or have a digital or written family tree, Intermountain Forensics would love to hear from you. Please visit the 1921 DNA website and fill out the online form. If you need assistance to complete the form, please visit any one of the Tulsa City-County Library locations.

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1921 Graves Investigation Update – November 17, 2022

As the end of excavation and exhumation work approaches, three new burials were exhumed and taken to the on-site osteology lab today.  

In total, eight burials have been exhumed since October 26 and 32 total burials have been found. Each of the eight burials that have been exhumed are continuing to be examined.   

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