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In 2018, Mayor G.T. Bynum announced the City of Tulsa would reexamine the potential of graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre as identified in the 2001 State commissioned report. Four sites were identified in the City’s examination: Oaklawn Cemetery, Newblock Park, an additional area near Newblock Park, and Rolling Oaks Memorial Gardens, formerly Booker T. Washington Cemetery. 

Twenty-six death certificates were issued in 1921 for African American victims of the Massacre; 21 of those victims were reportedly buried in Oaklawn Cemetery. Newspaper reports from June 2, 1921 (Tulsa Tribune and Tulsa World) indicate that 18 adult male victims were buried in Oaklawn Cemetery Section 20. 

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About the Oklahoma Archeology Survey
The Oklahoma Archeological Survey is part of the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences. It is dedicated to researching, preserving and educating the public about Oklahoma's archaeological heritage.