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1 of the Last Survivors of 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Dies at 103

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — One of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riot, one of the worst race riots in U.S. history, has died at age 103.

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Olivia Hooker

By Defender News Service

One of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riot, one of the worst race riots in U.S. history, has died at age 103.

Olivia Hooker was 6 years old when the late-spring riot destroyed much o fa Tulsa neighborhood that had been known as “Black Wall Street.” She told National Public Radio in an interview this year that she hid under a table as a mob of torch-carrying people destroyed her family’s home.

The violence began after a black man allegedly assaulted a white woman in an elevator. The number of deaths was never confirmed and varies from about three dozen to 300.

Hooker’s goddaughter, Janis Porter, says her godmother died Wednesday at their home in White Plains, New York. Porter didn’t provide a cause of death.

This article originally appeared in the Defender News Network

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  1. Hercules da Silva

    Hercules da Silva

    November 28, 2018 at 7:54 am

    @defendernetwork @NNPA_BlackPress We can’t allow Tulsa’s memory to be erased. Here in Brazil we have… https://t.co/E5NFadNfsH

  2. Mark Allen

    May 31, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I would like to see this major national Black publication to do an interview with the LAST Black owned business that exists on whats left of the remaining original Black Wall Street on Greenwood in Tulsa on this 98th Year Anniversary! Tori Tyson @ 918-576-6200 Submitted by Mark Allen, Chairman of National Black Wall Street Chicago and national rep for Black Wall Street USA

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