Oct 26, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
In an effort to identify victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre, bodies are being removed from their graves for the second time at a cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
According to historians, the targeted violence in 1921 killed between 75 and 300 people.
Wednesday’s exhumations are part of a renewed effort to collect more DNA.
The search for massacre victims’ graves began in 2020 and was resumed last year, with nearly three dozen coffins recovered.
So far, two of the 14 sets of remains sent for testing have enough DNA to start sequencing.
The remains will be reburied at Oaklawn Cemetery, where the previous reburial drew protests from about two dozen people who claim to be descendants of massacre victims and believe they should have been allowed to attend the ceremony, which was closed to the public.
Intermountain Forensics is looking for people who believe they are descended from massacre victims to provide genetic material to help scientists identify possible victims’ remains.