Scientists in Oklahoma are one step closer to finding possible evidence of mass graves linked to the deadly race riots of 1921. Researchers in Tulsa used ground penetrating radar to survey two sites and found irregularities that could be consistent with large-scale burials.
The neighborhood of Greenwood was known as black Wall Street. Restaurants, grocery stores and tailors were all black-owned businesses. In 1921 a white mob burned much of the Tulsa neighborhood to the ground, and some say as many as 300 black residents were killed. Almost forgotten by history, the city is trying to uncover the past and heal the wounds.
Photojournalist Kavin Ross said he’s grateful that a tragic, little known part of Tulsa history is now coming to light.
“For decades it was hush hush,” Ross told CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca. “Even some of the survivors that I interviewed, they were quiet and telling me, ‘Oh and the white people–‘ They were whispering in their own homes because they were brought up not talking about what happened.'”