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Wed May 19, 2021, 07:26 PM

Viola Fletcher, oldest living survivor of Tulsa Race Massacre, testifies in Congress 'seeking justic

Source: The Hill

BY ARIS FOLLEY - 05/19/21 02:33 PM EDT 698

Viola Fletcher, the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre, testified before Congress on Wednesday seeking “justice” a century after one of the most horrific racist attacks in the nation’s history.

Fletcher testified before members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, some of whom discussed potential remedies for survivors of the tragedy and their descendants during the hearing.

Fletcher, who is among other survivors of the massacre taking legal action against the city as well as Oklahoma in seeking reparations over the attack, was seven years old when white mobs descended on the thriving Black community in Tulsa’s Greenwood District, also known as Black Wall Street, in 1921, burning it to the ground.

Fletcher, who recently turned 107 years old and had been in her family home in Greenwood at the time of the attack, described the horror during her hearing.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/554384-viola-fletcher-oldest-living-survivor-of-tulsa-race-massacre-testifies-before

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