President Joe Biden will visit Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 1 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, according to the White House.
White House has yet to announce details of the trip, but a visit by the president on the centennial of one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history highlights the renewed pushed to acknowledge the massacre on a national level.
“We are grateful that President Biden will join in the centennial commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre,” Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said in a statement.
“His visit honors our neighbors who were killed in this city’s worst moment and the work being done to build a better Tulsa for future generations,” Bynum further stated.
The announcement comes a week after the last known survivors of the massacre testified to Congress to demand reparations for the damages caused by the massacre.
“Our country may forget this history but I cannot. I will not and other survivors do not and our descendants do not,” Viola Fletcher, the oldest living survivor of the massacre at 107 years old, told Congress last May 19.
Biden’s planned visit will come nearly a year after former President Donald Trump’s visit for a re-election campaign. He initially scheduled his visit on June 19, the day that marked the end of slavery, but had to reschedule due to criticisms from the Black community.
From May 31 to June 1, 1921, a violent mob of hundreds of white supremacists attacked Tulsa’s Greenwood District, known then as “Black Wall Street,” burning over 1,200 buildings and killing about 300 Black Tulsans.
The mob was fueled by claims that Black teenage shoe shiner Dick Rowland attempted to rape white teenager Sarah Page. Local police joined the mob.