Just before the birth of Route 66, the single worst incident of racial violence in American history took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Within 24 hours, more than 35 square blocks in the Greenwood section of Tulsa were burned, causing 10,000 residents in one of the wealthiest black communities in America to instantly become homeless. Join host Anthony Arno as he talks with Dr. Scott Ellsworth, a leading expert on the Tulsa Race Massacre.
- Earliest knowledge of the Tulsa Race Massacre
- Urban legends and myths about the riots with stories about the 1921 riots
- Discovering a rare photograph that would spark an interest in further researching the riot
- A talk with a survivor who was 16 years at the time
- WD Williams provides a first hand account
- Origin of the Greenwood neighborhood
- Timeline of events beginning at the Drexel Building
- The Tulsa Tribune reports on the incident
- Lynch mob assembles outside the courthouse
- The one spark that caused the attack on Greenwood
- Race Riot or Race Massacre?
- Extreme lengths to cover up the events for years later
- The 3 remaining survivors today
- Search for mass graves
- Importance of President visiting Tulsa in 2021 to remember race riots
- Connecting with President Biden
- Much needed steps for proper closure of the Tulsa Race Riot
- Search for mass graves and decision for final remains
- Final restitution needed for the surviving members and descendants of Greenwood
- Current and proposed memorials and museums
- Greenwood bounces back quicker than expected
- Estimated loss of generational wealth
- Proximity along Route 66 and related sites
- Published books
- Connection to Route 66
- University of Michigan courses
CBS News featuring Scott Ellsworth
107 Year old survivor of Tulsa Race Massacre
UM Website: Scott Ellsworth
Article: How a Historian Helped Tulsa Confront the Horror of Its Past
Tulsa Memorial Park: Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation
Documentary: Blood on Black Wall Street (The Legacy of the Tulsa Race Massacre)
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