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1921 Graves Public Oversight Committee to Meet Virtually March 1

This article was archived on 3/2/2022

Following the completed summer 2021 excavation and initial lab analysis work at Oaklawn Cemetery, researchers from the University of Oklahoma - Oklahoma Archaeological Survey (OAS) and the 1921 Graves Physical Investigation Committee will present their findings to the Public Oversight Committee for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Graves Investigation on Tuesday, March 1, at 5 p.m.

The report will include recommendations to the Public Oversight Committee for next steps. During the meeting, City of Tulsa staff will also discuss the DNA analysis Request for Proposals (RFP) process and timeline.

Citizens and media can attend the virtual meeting online at

The access code is 716-968-277.

During the Oaklawn Cemetery excavation in June 2021, 19 different skeletal remains were transferred to the on-site osteology lab for initial analysis.

It is still to be determined whether the burials are associated with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, as efforts to determine the identities of those remains and their causes of death continue to be explored.

The area where remains were found has been previously referenced as the Original 18 site, located adjacent to two 1921 race massacre headstones in the historical African American section of the Potter’s Field. Funeral home records and other documents for 1921 show that at least 18 identified and unidentified African American massacre victims were buried in the City-owned cemetery.

1921 Graves Search Background

For the most up-to-date information on the search for possible graves dating to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, visit: and follow 1921 Graves on Facebook, @1921Graves. A public shared drive, including pictures, video and drone footage, from the test excavations and excavation work at Oaklawn Cemetery can be found on the 1921 Graves website. No courtesy is needed when using images and videos from that drive.