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1921 Graves Scanning to Continue at Oaklawn Cemetery; No Phones or Cameras within 300 feet

This article was archived on 11/16/2019

The State of Oklahoma Archaeological Survey based at the University of Oklahoma will continue their work this week at Oaklawn Cemetery, 1133 E. 11th St., for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Graves Investigation.

Following initial work today, experts are asking bystanders to be at least 300 feet away from the site area as the majority of the results today were inconclusive due to interference from cameras and phones. The work completed today will be redone this week. The site area at Oaklawn Cemetery will be zoned off to create a larger perimeter to prevent further interference with the ground penetration radar and scanning equipment.

Parking will not be available inside Oaklawn Cemetery. On street parking should be utilized in the nearby residential neighborhood located across 11th St. from the cemetery on S. Norfolk Ave. or at nearby Tracy Park. Individuals are asked to please follow cemetery rules and Oklahoma Archaeological Survey guidelines while viewing the investigatory work:

The public is invited to view the entire scanning process of the 1921 mass graves search. The Survey team is scheduled to be at Oaklawn Cemetery from Tuesday – Thursday, Oct. 8 - 10 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Once the ground penetration work is complete at Oaklawn Cemetery, the Survey team will move to Newblock Park, then to Rolling Oaks Memorial Gardens formerly known as Booker T. Washington Cemetery over the next few weeks. The City of Tulsa will send an updated schedule for Newblock Park once available. All scheduling information will also be posted on the 1921 graves webpage, www.cityoftulsa.org/1921graves

The results from the scanning phase are expected to be complete and presented to the Public Oversight Meeting in December 2019 or January 2020.