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Congress to discuss Tulsa Race Massacre as 100-year anniversary approaches

Updated: May 18



The oldest known living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 is among witnesses scheduled to testify Wednesday before a congressional subcommittee exploring potential legal paths to compensate survivors and descendants.

Viola Fletcher, who turned 107 last week, is expected to discuss the lawsuit filed last year against the city of Tulsa, Tulsa County, the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the Oklahoma National Guard and others.


Two other plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Lessie Randle and Hughes Van Ellis, are also on the witness list of the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.


The hearing, to be held in the U.S. Capitol, comes less than two weeks before the 100th anniversary of the massacre.


"This year marks the centennial of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Massacre, yet the survivors and their descendants have never received direct compensation for Massacre-related harms," the subcommittee’s hearing announcement says.

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