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The Tulsa race massacre of 1921

Smoke rises from buildings during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. Tulsa was the site of one of the country’s bloodiest outbreaks of racist violence in 1921, when white mobs attacked Black citizens and businesses with guns and explosives dropped from airplanes.

Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

Smoke rises from buildings during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. Tulsa was the site of one of the country’s bloodiest outbreaks of racist violence in 1921, when white mobs attacked Black citizens and businesses with guns and explosives...more

Smoke rises from buildings during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. Tulsa was the site of one of the country’s bloodiest outbreaks of racist violence in 1921, when white mobs attacked Black citizens and businesses with guns and explosives dropped from airplanes. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress
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A truck carries African Americans during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

A truck carries African Americans during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

A truck carries African Americans during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress
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A crowd primarily of African Americans stand in line next to the Exchange booth in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

A crowd primarily of African Americans stand in line next to the Exchange booth in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

A crowd primarily of African Americans stand in line next to the Exchange booth in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress
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Smoke rises from the ruins of African Americans' homes following the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921.   Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

Smoke rises from the ruins of African Americans' homes following the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921.   Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

Smoke rises from the ruins of African Americans' homes following the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921.   Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress
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A truck carries soldiers and African Americans near the Litan Hotel during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

A truck carries soldiers and African Americans near the Litan Hotel during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

A truck carries soldiers and African Americans near the Litan Hotel during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress
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Debris, furniture and homes razed to the foundations are seen after a mob passed during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

Debris, furniture and homes razed to the foundations are seen after a mob passed during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress

Debris, furniture and homes razed to the foundations are seen after a mob passed during the race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. Alvin C. Krupnick Co./NAACP Records/Library of Congress
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