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Robert Namer
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December 08, 2022

     The latest search for remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre has ended with 32 additional caskets discovered and eight sets of remains exhumed, according to the city.  100 years is a long time and racial divide, and race bating must end. 

     The excavation and exhumations at Tulsa‚Äôs Oaklawn Cemetery that began Oct. 26 ended Friday, and the remains were sent to a nearby lab for analysis and DNA collection.  Searchers sought unmarked graves of people who were probably male, in plain caskets with signs of gunshot trauma - criteria for further investigation that were based on newspaper reports at the time, said forensic anthropologist Phoebe Stubblefield. 

     Two sets of the 66 remains found in the past two years have been confirmed to have gunshot wounds, according to Stubblefield, though none have been identified or confirmed to be victims of the massacre.  DNA taken from 14 sets of the nearly three dozen remains found last year were sent to Intermountain Forensics in Salt Lake City for further study. DNA from teeth and thigh bones, known as femurs, will be extracted from the eight recently exhumed remains and also sent to Intermountain Forensics, Stubblefield said.  

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