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Interfaith ministry mails checks to 131 race riot survivors

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2002

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A Tulsa ministry has mailed reparation checks to 131 survivors of a 1921 race riot, most of whom were children when whites laid waste to black neighborhoods with guns and torches.

The Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry Reparations Gift Fund, an interfaith coalition, this month disbursed $28,000 in checks to the elderly survivors of the 14-hour conflict that left thousands in the Greenwood neighborhood homeless. At least 38 people were killed, most of them black.

Each survivor received about $200.

Tulsa leaders in 1921 promised victims compensation for their losses. Some emergency aid was provided, but full restitution was never made.

The ministry is supported by Unitarian Universalists, Conservative Jews, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Islamic Society of North America, the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church in America and other religious groups.

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