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OU Archeologist Investigates Tulsa Race Massacre

OU Archeologist Investigates Tulsa Race Massacre

Two people photographed from above, in a dirt channel, using measurig equipment

Kary Stackelbeck, Ph.D., state archaeologist with the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at the University of Oklahoma, and her interdisciplinary team recently conducted test excavations at a cemetery in Tulsa. The site was identified as a potential location of remains that may be associated with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

The group from OU worked in conjunction with the City of Tulsa and a Public Oversight Committee comprised of descendants of the massacre and leaders in Tulsa’s African American community.

In the video below, Stackelbeck explains the importance of the investigation to her and to the broader community.

“For me professionally, I can say that there will probably never be anything like this that I work on that is as important as this investigation,” Stackelbeck said.

By Bonnie Rucker

Article Published:  Wednesday, November 18, 2020