... 1921 (90 years ago today), 18 hours of violence, which came to be called the Tulsa race riot, came to an end. In that short period, it is estimated that anywhere from 50 to 300 persons were killed and more than 1,000 properties were destroyed in the neighborhood known as Greenwood. (photo credit) As stated by the website of the Oklahoma Historical Society:
By the time the violence ended, the city had been placed under martial law, thousands of Tulsans were being held under armed guard, and the state's second-largest African American community had been burned to the ground.
Touching off violence were allegations (later shown to be unsubstantiated) of a cross-race assault; however, tensions had been brewing in the community for years.
(Prior June 1 posts are here, here, here, and here.)