UPDATED 9:08 AM PT – Sunday, August 1, 2021
Protesters gathered at a cemetery linked to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre graves investigation. Crowds gathered on Friday at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Oklahoma to criticize the reburial of remains that were pulled from the ground earlier this year.
This included 19 bodies, which is part of a city effort to find unmarked burials from the violent event that happened over 100 years ago. Protesters claimed the reburial didn’t see a proper funeral ceremony as it was closed to the public.
“It’s disgusting and disrespectful that these are our family members and we are outside of the gate and they are inside of the gate where they are,” said a descendant of a massacre victim, Celi Butler-Davis. “We don’t care what all the big time city officials say, it’s all about our loved ones.”