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Human Remains Found in Search for 1921 Massacre Victims

It's not yet clear whether they belong to victims of the Tulsa race massacre
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2020 12:01 AM CDT
Human Remains Found in Search for 1921 Massacre Victims
Workers hold up tarps to block spectators' views during a second test excavation and core sampling Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in the search for remains at Oaklawn Cemetery in Tulsa, Okla., from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.   (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

On the second day of a renewed search for victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, officials announced at least one set of human remains has been found. They will be analyzed to determine whether they are from a massacre victim, CNN reports; the Washington Post notes that will happen in the ground, rather than the remains being exhumed. They were located near an unmarked temporary grave marker in a wood coffin at the city's Oaklawn Cemetery, where experts are searching for a number of victims who were reportedly buried there. A second possible set of remains was also found. An excavation of another part of the cemetery in July found nothing. As many as 300 Black residents were killed during the race riots, when white mobs looted and burned a district known as Black Wall Street. (More Tulsa stories.)

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