Oldest Living Survivor of Tulsa Race Massacre honored during a commemorative parade in College Park

Oldest Living Survivor of Tulsa Race Massacre honored during a commemorative parade in College Park
Posted on 06/05/2024
Photo Credit:Omicron Kappa Zeta and the Zeta Amicae of College Park/South Fulton

History was made as the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre, Mother Viola Ford Fletcher served as the Grand Marshal for the Black Wall Street and Business Expo Parade, spanning Main Street on Saturday, June 1st. This momentous event marked exactly 103 years since the tragic destruction of Black Wall Street. 

Mother Viola Ford Fletcher's presence at the parade symbolized resilience and hope. As we honored her remarkable strength and tenacity, we also reflected on the importance of remembering and learning from the past. 

College Park, Ward 1 Councilwoman, Jamelle McKenzie stated, “The participation of the City of College Park in celebrating Mother Viola Ford Fletcher, the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and honoring all those persons who established businesses in Black Wall Street is invaluable. May we never forget the sacrifices of those who paved the way for each of us to experience the opportunity to live the American Dream in its purest form. Special thanks to Jasmine S. Young and her team for bringing this incredible project to our city.” 

The parade was part of the 3rd Annual Black Wall Street Business Expo, an event dedicated to not only commemorating historical events but also striving to restore and uplift prominent and wealthy African American communities. Through this expo and the parade, the event organizer Jasmine Young had hopes for the event stating,I want people to leave with that same spirit that Mother Fletcher has, the spirit of being resilient.” 

This was the first parade to Jasmine’s annual event which was a historic moment for all. It underscores our city’s commitment to history, inclusion, economic development and working towards a future where communities thrive.