City Of Tulsa Says Test Excavation To Begin For Possible Mass Graves

Monday, July 13th 2020, 6:01 am
By: Joseph Holloway

TULSA, Okla. -

The City of Tulsa said a team from archaeologists from the University of Oklahoma will start the test excavation for possible mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Researchers are expected to start early Monday morning and the city said the test excavation should take anywhere from three to six days. They said the team from the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey will spend today doing site preparations and they'll also start removing soil, then they'll get in the full swing of things tomorrow.

Oaklawn Cemetery will be closed to the public during the excavation, but the city said it'll provide a daily live video feed inside the cemetery.

That way the public will be able to see what the researchers are doing at all times. The city said there could be blackouts at times because of the extreme heat or if remains are being excavated.

A tribal monitor and a public oversight committee member will also be there to keep tabs on what's going on.

The city said the team will be there until 3:00 each afternoon.

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