What we owe the Black Tulsans of the past

On a hot and humid afternoon, Ross, who chairs Tulsa’s mass graves oversight committee, took me to the excavation site at Oaklawn. Some 100 feet in front of us was a giant hole in the ground and a mobile lab, roped off by construction mesh. Behind it stood what some Black residents call the “apartheid highway.” Interstate 244 was built right through the historically Black district of Greenwood, a dagger rammed through its economic heart during the urban renewal of the 1960s and ’70s.

Source: WP