Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 1, 1921




Like many Tulsan's, I'd rather forget what happened 89 years ago,  but it is our history- like it or not.  The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot has been written about quite a bit.  Many of the last survivors have been interviewed, their accounts well documented.  I've read several of those books.  Not all, by any means, but more than a few.  However, the book that I personally got the most out of was a fictional book.  Written by Oklahoman Rilla Askew, Fire In Beulah is a compelling mixture of historical fact and fiction.  She combines what happened in the months, weeks and days leading up to that fateful, terrible time here in Tulsa using fictional characters that helped me understand the way it was back then.  I had a few "a-ha" moments when reading this book (which I couldn't put down).  

With that being said, I am going to link an entire page of photos from the Beryl Ford Collection that cover the horrible aftermath June 1 and 2, 1921.  They say more than I ever could.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tulsa TV Memories has a link to the official state report on the riot that was prepared a few years ago. See http://www.tulsareparations.org/FinalReport.htm It has some photos even more chilling than what's on Tulsa Gal's Blog.

Also disheartening is that any time this subject appears in a Tulsa World article, its message board lights up with much of the old worn, racist vitriol. You'd think some of the white rioters descendants were at the keyboards.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Many people still get defensive about the riots. I mean I certainly didn't have any ancestors within a 1000 miles of Tulsa but the issue still needs to be addressed.

DrillerAA09 said...

Not exactly a proud moment in the history of the city that I love.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful collection of the McBirney family history. I didn't know about the elevator in the 4 story mansion. lb

Trait said...

On your recommendation, I checked Fire in Beulah out of the library and just finished it. Thanks for mentioning it on the blog. I've read historical accounts of the riots, but this book really gave me a sense of what it must have felt like to be in the midst of it.

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Trait.