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Tulsa massacre remains to be reinterred in private ceremony

Tulsa Massacre
Posted at 4:16 PM, Jul 27, 2021

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — City officials say the remains of 19 bodies that were exhumed as part of the city's search for unmarked burials from Tulsa's 1921 Race Massacre will be reinterred during a private ceremony.

Oaklawn Cemetery will be closed Wednesday through Friday due to the ceremony on Friday.

The Tulsa World reports the bodies were exhumed in June and examined at an on-site laboratory by forensic anthropologist Phoebe Stubblefield, whose findings have not been made public.

Efforts to identify the remains through records and possibly DNA are ongoing.

According to the Associated Press, Stubblefield said the remains appeared to be those of men, women, and children.

One set of a man's remains contained a bullet in the shoulder, the AP reported.

The man's remains also showed signs of trauma, including to the head.