A second body of a possible victim of the 1921 Tulsa Racial Massacre was found with gunshot wounds, according to the city.
“Forensic anthropologist Dr Phoebe Stubblefield has discovered that one of three sets of remains unearthed last week contained a victim with a gunshot wound,” according to a statement late on Thursday. Six from city spokesman Carson Colvin.
In a final attempt to confirm the remains are from massacre victims, investigators are looking for signs of trauma, such as gunshot wounds, based on accounts at the time.
According to the statement, part of the bullet was removed from the head of the remains. The person’s race and whether the remains are from a massacre victim are unknown.
Stubblefield did not immediately call the AP news agency on Saturday.
The remains are in a simple casket and are believed to be of an adult male, matching reports from 1921, and are located in the area at Oaklawn Cemetery, where 18 victims of the crash are buried. massacre.
The first remains with gunshot wounds were found in June 2021 and are currently being delivered to Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Forensics, which is conducting DNA analysis.
The current cemetery excavation to search for victims of the 1921 Racial Holocaust began on October 26 and has uncovered 26 unmarked graves. Work is expected to continue through November 18.
Four sets of newly found remains were excavated and taken to the on-site laboratory for analysis.
The search for the graves of the massacre victims began in 2020 and continued last year with nearly three dozen coffins found.
Fourteen previously recovered sets of remains were sent to Intermountain Forensics for testing, and two of them were found to have enough DNA to initiate sequencing and to begin developing pedigree records.
None of the remains have been identified or confirmed as victims of the massacre, one of the worst examples of white mob violence against black Americans in US history.
More than 1,000 homes were burned, hundreds more were looted and a thriving business district known as Black Wall Street was destroyed in racist violence.
Historians have estimated the death toll to be between 75 and 300, with generations of wealth wiped out.