1921 Race Riot Lawsuit

Saturday, April 21st 2007, 9:46 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa’s 1921 race riots take center stage in the U.S. Congress. A lawsuit filed by the riots survivors will be the subject of legislation and a hearing on Capitol Hill on Monday. John Conyers Jr., a Detroit congressman, will introduce a bill to extend the statute of limitations on a lawsuit filed against the city of Tulsa and Oklahoma.

In 2003, more than 400 plaintiffs sued the state, the city of Tulsa and its police department, seeking unspecified damages. A federal judge threw out the case saying he could not find a reason to extend the statute of limitations, which had expired 80 years earlier.

The 1921 riot reduced the city's prosperous Greenwood section to ashes following accusations that a black man had assaulted a white female elevator operator.

An estimated 300 people were killed in the riots.

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