Search to begin for graves of Tulsa Race Massacre victims

TULSA, Okla. - The search for possible mass graves of Tulsa Race Massacre victims is set to begin.

The Oklahoma Archeological Survey is to begin subsurface scanning Monday afternoon in Oaklawn Cemetery in north Tulsa.

The process often called "ground-penetrating radar" is expected to continue through Thursday in the search for victims of the 1921 massacre that left as many as 300 dead on Tulsa's Black Wall Street.

The cemetery is one of four sites to be examined under an October declaration by Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum. FOX 23 reports that crews will also search Newblock Park, an additional area near Newblock Park and the Rolling Oaks Memorial Gardens.

Bynum has said today's technology "is light years" ahead of what was available 20 years ago when a search of the sites was led by what was known as the Tulsa Race Riot Commission.

The public is invited to watch the investigatory work.

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