Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Long after the smoldering remains from the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot cooled, a veil of secrecy hung over the tragedy for generations.
The event was omitted from U.S. and Oklahoma history books, but the terror remained alive in the minds of those who lived through the torment.
“Events from the Tulsa Disaster” is a chronicle of the aftermath by Tulsa resident Mary E. Jones Parrish. Her first-hand account was published in 1923 and is filled with stories from witnesses and victims sharing their perspectives on these tragic events.
Parrish’s book was for many years out of print. Now — thanks to funding from Anne and Henry Zarrow Family Foundation, the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Foundation and the Oklahoma Humanities Council — the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation has reprinted this historically important book. Copies were donated to Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Public Schools and the Tulsa City-County Library.