Day 6: The Search For Mass Graves Continues At New Location


Tuesday, October 15th 2019, 5:40 am
By: Joseph Holloway


It's the 6th day in the search for mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and the survey team moved on to a new site Tuesday morning.

Tuesday's search is at Newblock Park, and the city says this is the second of four locations where archaeologists are focusing.

City leaders say researchers from the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey are focused primarily on the east side of the park. It's a much quieter area than at Oaklawn Cemetery.

The same rules apply for anyone wanting to come out for the search. Cell phones and cameras must be turned off within 300 feet of the radar and scanning equipment; photos or videos should be taken from a distance.

The search began at 10 a.m., and searchers are dealing with some light rain.

They are expected to search through 4 p.m., and the survey team will also be at Newblock Park Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We learned that archaeologists already searched another area about a 15 minute walk from Newblock Park. The area is a very small homeless encampment, and we're told it was searched because of a theory that victims from the race massacre could have been dumped on sandbars along the Arkansas River.

That search was done on Friday.