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Crime History: Dozens killed during Tulsa Race Riot

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On this day, May 31, in 1921, in Oklahoma, at least 39 people were killed in the Tulsa Race Riot. The violence began over an incident on Memorial Day, one day earlier. A 19-year-old black shoe shiner named Dick Rowland was accused of attempting to rape a 17-year-old white girl in an elevator at a department store. Rowland was arrested, and word spread of a possible lynching. Hundreds of white...

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