Survivors and descendants of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre are heading to court on Tuesday for a hearing in a lawsuit against the City of Tulsa and other agencies and departments. Defendants have asked the judge to dismiss the case.
The survivors and descendants of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre filed a lawsuit against the City of Tulsa, Tulsa County, and the chamber, among others. Their team is using the public nuisance law to argue the Tulsa Race Massacre created problems of racial inequality.
Groups named in the lawsuit, including the City of Tulsa, have asked the judge to dismiss the case. The defense said finding witnesses for a hundred-year-old case would be difficult.
The survivors and descendants are asking for money, land, immunity from taxes for the next 99 years and the creation of a scholarship program for future generations.
“This is it, they’re 107, 106 and 100 plus,” said Damario Soloman-Simmons, the attorney for the survivors. “If we can’t get justice for this case they, like every other survivor, will go to their grave without seeing justice.”
News On 6 reached out to the City of Tulsa for comment but they did not comment on pending litigation. The hearing is set for 10 a.m.