Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Tulsa Race Massacre Survivors Granted Ghanaian Citizenship

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Two survivors of the 1921 massacre of black people in the US city of Tulsa have been granted Ghanaian citizenship.

Viola Fletcher, 108 and her brother Hughes Van Ellis, 102, are two of three living survivors.

About 300 black residents of Greenwood – a prosperous town then known as “Black Wall Street” – were murdered and their homes and businesses destroyed by a mob of white people.

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The citizenship ceremony took place at Ghana’s embassy in Washington DC.

Ms Fletcher, known as Mother Fletcher, and Mr Van Ellis, also called Uncle Red, visited Ghana in August 2021 as part of a week-long tour of Africa to mark the centenary of the killings, known as the Tulsa race massacre.

The pair will become dual citizens, the Washington Post reports, citing comments made at the ceremony by Hajia Alima Mahama, Ghana’s US ambassador.

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The Justice for Greenwood Foundation, which works with survivors of the massacre and their descendants, said the pair have become the oldest African-Americans to be granted citizenship of Ghana.

The foundation said it was “proud to stand in solidarity with the survivors, celebrating their resilience and their contribution to the history” of black Oklahoma.

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