"Public Secrets" Podcast - Ep. 1

– Mass Graves at Oaklawn with Chief Amusan and Kavin Ross


In the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, there were numerous accounts of the bodies of victims being hastily buried in mass graves at sites across Tulsa. Nearly 100 years later, the search for mass graves began at Oaklawn Cemetery. In 2019, Tulsa mayor G.T. Bynum committed to investigate the presence of mass graves at Oaklawn to provide closure and justice for the victims and descendants ahead of the Massacre Centennial. But what transpired was filled with controversy, and many feel that the promises made were misleading. As part of the investigation, a group of activists, descendants, and historians formed the Mass Graves Public Oversight Committee to balance the actions of the government with the voice of the people most deeply affected by the tragedy. Our guests today are Chief Amusan and Kavin Ross of the Mass Graves Public Oversight Committee. Chief Amusan is the founder of the Tulsa African Ancestral Society and a descendant of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Kavin Ross is a longtime activist and journalist with the Oklahoma Eagle. Our host is Michael Mason. The Center for Public Secrets exists to explore the history of Tulsa that you didn’t learn in school.

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