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Mayor of Tulsa, US, apologizes for 1921 massacre

Mayor of Tulsa, US, apologizes for 1921 massacre

Washington, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Oklahoma's Tulsa Mayor George Bynum on Tuesday apologized for the victims in the 1921 massacre, in which hundreds of people died, in complicity with the local government.
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The note, posted on Bynum’s profile on Facebook, comes 100 years after on May 31 and June 1, 1921, a mob of white men burned down and completely looted the neighborhood of Greenwood, one of the largest African-American prosperous settlements in those days.

Those individuals, with the complicity of local authorities and the Oklahoma National Guard, destroyed, looted and burned more than 1,200 homes in that town.

On Monday evening, hundreds of people gathered in Greenwood to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the massacre in the same place, and despite the constant rain, candles were lit to honor the victims of the violence, Tulsa World newspaper informed.

On May 31, 1921, the news of the arrest in Tulsa of 19-year-old African-American Dick Rowland, accused of attacking Sarah Page, an 18-year-old white girl, attracted hundreds of people who gathered at the courthouse with guns to demand that the authorities hand over the defendant.


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