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Olivia Hooker, Tulsa Race Riot Survivor, Dies At 103 | NPR

Olivia Hooker, Tulsa Race Riot Survivor, Dies At 103 | NPR Olivia Hooker was one of the last surviving witnesses of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, and was the first African-American woman to join the U.S. Coast Guard.

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We’re now going to look back at the life of Olivia Hooker. She has died at the age of 103. If you don’t know her name, we’re going to share some of her story and one important chapter in particular. Olivia Hooker witnessed the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

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OLIVIA HOOKER: It was May 31, 1921. At first, we saw a bunch of men with those big, pine torches come through the backyard.

MARTIN: Hooker was only 6 years old at the time. The attack on black areas of Tulsa turned into a massacre. She told her story to the Radio Diaries series earlier this year.

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HOOKER: I remember our mother put us under the table. She took the longest tablecloth she had to cover four children and told us not to say a word. It was a horrifying thing for a little girl that’s only 6 years old.


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