Today is Juneteenth, and with the Tulsa Race Massacre in the news, I am reminded of Bill, and our telling of the Tulsa story, and how Bill’s father was trapped in that awful chapter of American History. That story is Chapter 3 in Myles Traveled, and simply titled “Greenwood”
I came across a column today in the NY Times that every history class in American should read. Written by Brent Staples, it is titled “The Burning of Black Wall Street, Revisited.” Gripping and at times hard to read, nevertheless it illustrates in vivid detail the horrors of that day. Mr. Staples also touches on the ongoing project to excavate what authorities believe may be a long lost site of mass graves for those slaughtered that day.
One of my great regrets is that Bill did not live long enough to see the excavation of that site.