The Center for Public Secrets is a sub-cultural institution that explores the hidden and neglected history of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and beyond. 

An Open Letter to the Tulsa City Council
by Randy Hopkins


The Public Oversight Committee has been widely touted as a powerful component of the City of Tulsa’s 1921 Graves Investigation. Mayor G. T. Bynum made that crystal clear in 2019 when he declared to Tulsa and the world that “folks from outside government” would “oversee the process.” He proclaimed that the Committee — made up of descendants of Tulsa Race Massacre victims and other influential members of Tulsa’s African-American community — would provide transparency and hold the City “accountable” for doing things “the right way.” Their job was to “point out (where) it isn’t being done in the right way and where we need to be right.”


  We believe that the situation in the city of Tulsa is one of national and international relevance. Throughout Tulsa's history, there have been moments where the city serves as a crossroads to all that is America– and to all that America represents. The story of Tulsa encapsulates something both beautiful and destructive. Many times, the details of the stories that shape Tulsa are hidden just beneath the surface, ready to be exposed.


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