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The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

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This project is inspired by several documentaries I have seen in the last four years or so. But seeing a young lady read the book today, "pushed me over the edge!"

The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Tim Madigan.

On the morning of June 1, 1921, a white mob numbering in the thousands marched across the railroad tracks dividing black from white in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and obliterated a black community then celebrated as one of America's most prosperous. 34 square blocks of Tulsa's Greenwood community, known then as the Negro Wall Street of America, were reduced to smoldering rubble.

And now, 80 years later, the death toll of what is known as the Tulsa Race Riot is more difficult to pinpoint. Conservative estimates put the number of dead at about 100 (75% of the victims are believed to have been black), but the actual number of casualties could be triple that. The Tulsa Race Riot Commission, formed two years ago to determine exactly what happened, has recommended that restitution to the historic Greenwood Community would be good public policy and do much to repair the emotional as well as physical scars of this most terrible incident in our shared past.

With chilling details, humanity, and the narrative thrust of compelling fiction, The Burning will recreate the town of Greenwood at the height of its prosperity, explore the currents of hatred, racism, and mistrust between its black residents and neighboring Tulsa's white population, narrate events leading up to and including Greenwood's annihilation, and document the subsequent silence that surrounded the tragedy.

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List of Known Dead and Wounded

Abernathy, J. L. Black Wounded

Adams, Ed Black Dead 32 b. abt 1889

Alexander, Greg Black Dead 35 b. abt 1886.

Arnley, Cal Black Wounded

Arnold, Vance Black Wounded

Austin, Earnest White Dead 39

Austin, Edward White Wounded 38

Baker, F.M White Dead 38

Baker, Johnny Black Wounded 28

Barker, Harry Black Dead 37?

Barren, Howard Black Wounded

Barrens, Howard Black Dead 19 B. about 1902.

Barry, James Black Wounded

Baskin, Ed Black Wounded

Belshmer, E.F White Wounded

Bentley, William Black Wounded

Berrell, John White Dead 85 b. abt 1836

Brown. Willie Black Wounded

Bryant, Tom Black Missing resumed dead, or wounded

Carr, Ruth Black Wounded

Carter, Charles Wounded

Chapple, P. A. Black Wounded

Cline, Homer White Dead 17

Collins, J. Wounded or died?

Crouch, Garland White Wounded

Curry, F. L. White Wounded

Curry, H. Lewis White Wounded 28

Cytron, J. White Wounded

Daggs, George Walter White Dead 27, 35 In Trib. b. abt 1894

Danney, George L. Black Wounded

Davis, Dan Black Wounded

Diamond, Carrie Black Killed

Dow, A.N. White Wounded

Elmer, Robert White Wounded

Epps, William Black Wounded

Everett, Ruben or R. T Black Dead?

Fisher, Lee White Wounded 21

Foster, Lonnie Black Wounded

Gamble, Henry Wounded

Gamble, V.M. White Wounded

Gilliland, Norman White Wounded

Gilmore, Ila White Wounded

Glaze, Miranda Black Wounded

Greeson, James White Dead 28-32

Griffin, Clarence Black Wounded

Gurner, William Black Wounded

Hartshone, E. D White Wounded

Hastings, W.R. SGT White Wounded

Hawkins, George Black Dead 78

Hawkinson, Robert C White Dead 22

Hileam, E.R. White Wounded

Hileman, Earl R. White Wounded

Hill, Clarence White Dead

Hode, J.S. Black Wounded

Howard, Edward G. Black Dead

Hudson, Billy Black Dead

Ingram, Ed Black Wounded

Jackson, Andrew C. Black Dead

Jackson, S. Black Wounded

Janes, Arthur White Dead 31

Jeffery, George (or Jefferies) Black Dead 35

Jenkins, M.J. White Wounded

Johnson, Charles Black Wounded

Johnson, H. Black Wounded

Johnson, ? Black Dead?

Johnson, Marie Black Wounded

Joiner, G. F. White Wounded

Jones, Arthur Black Wounded

Knox, Commodore Black Wounded

Lane, Oliver Black Wounded

Lasley, Leroy Black Wounded

Lee, J. White Wounded

Lewis, G. W. Black Wounded

Lewis, Tony Black Wounded

Linsdley, ? Black Wounded

Lockard, Ed Black Dead 33

Logsdon, K.G. White Wounded

Lotspeich, Charles (Carl) D. White Dead 22

Masek, A.E. White Wounded

Maynor, Willis Black Wounded

McDonald, H. D. White Wounded

Miller, Curd White Wounded 17

Miller, Frank Wounded

Miller, Jake Wounded

Miller, Joe Black Dead

Moore, Ruth Black Wounded

Moore, Will Black Wounded

Morrison, ?? Black? Dead Mother of Arthur Morrison, age 12.

Neel, Andrew Black Wounded

Nelson, Tom Black Wounded

Oliver, Ruth Black Wounded

Osborne, Robert L.

Owens, Ross G. White Wounded

Palmer, Robert White Wounded 23

Parts, James White Wounded See Paris, James. Parts may well be a typo or a misreading

Paris, James White Killed

Perry, A. White Wounded

Pierce, S. H Black Dead

Prunkard, G. T. White Wounded 34

Ree, Sam Black Dead

Renkin, Latha Black Wounded

Rhodes, Homer White Wounded

Rivers, Bob Black Wounded

Roberts, Brooks Black

Roberts, Harry White Dead 27? b. abt 1894.

Robinson, Lane Black Wounded

Sandridge, M.M. Black Dead

Seltzer, R. N. White Wounded

Shelton, Lewis Black Dead 77 b. 14 Oct 1844

Sherrick, Otto White Wounded

Sherrill, T.J. White Dead 51

Shields, Lewis White Wounded

Shigley, Mrs M.R. White Wounded

Shumate, Cleo White Dead 24

Slinkard, L. C/Grocer White Wounded 25

Smith, Florida Black Wounded

Smith, Franklin T. Black Wounded

Sterling, A.T. White Wounded

Stevenson, Alex Black Wounded

Stick, A.B./G.B. White Wounded

Switzgood, Gordon/George White Wounded ?

Talbot, ? Black Dead ??? Male – Probably Nelson Talbot.

Talbot, ? Black Dead ??? Female – probably Eliza Talbot

Taliafirio, Lily Black Wounded

Thomas, C.C. White Wounded

Turner, William Black Dead or Wounded 35

Tyson, Sam Black Wounded 22

Vickers, E.F./C.F. White Wounded

Walker, Cualey Black Dead

Walker, Elsie Black? Wounded 80

Walker, Henry Black Dead

Washington, L. Black Wounded

Weaver, G.E.. White Dead 24

Wheeler, E. L White Wounded

Wheeler, John Black Dead

White, George N White Wounded

Whitty, Celia Black Wounded

Williams, Porter Black Wounded

Wilson, J.H. White Dead 74
believe this may be Thomas Henry Wilson b. Holland/Netherlands, 1845, d.31 May 1921. Bur. Rose Hill Cem.

Wissenger, J.E. White Wounded

Withrow, Ira James -or- Withrow, Samuel J White Dead 19

Woffard, Shirley Black Wounded

Woodard, Ora Black Wounded