Family To Celebrate Life Of Race Riot Survivor - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |


Family To Celebrate Life Of Race Riot Survivor

Posted: Updated:
TULSA, Oklahoma -

People will gather Saturday to remember the life of Hazel Smith-Jones, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.

Earl Jones is the grandson of Hazel Smith-Jones who he called "Nana".

He said the 99-year-old lived a long life despite what happened almost 100 years ago.

Hazel Smith-Jones was just a toddler when the riots happened.

She was born in 1919, two years before the riots began.

It's often been called the worst race riot in U.S. history.

The chaos lasted for two days in Tulsa's Greenwood District, also known as Black Wall Street.

The number of deaths was never confirmed and vary from about three dozen to 300.

Jones' family said she spent much of her life making sure people knew what really happened.

"Just the screams I think were mainly the things that kinda stuck out in her mind along with the cross being burned just not knowing what was going to happen to them. You can imagine being terrorized as a kid being grabbed and snatched up so it was a traumatic experience," said Earl Jones. 

There are two other survivors alive today.

Jones' funeral is at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at the North Peoria Church of Christ.

A procession will go through Greenwood about an hour before the service.

Family from California, Texas, and Kansas City will all be in town to celebrate her life.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.


Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.