“I’ll say that I’m Black and I’m proud,” said Viola Fletcher, who was 7 years old when as many as 300 people died in Tulsa
— BY, RACHEL DESANTIS
Viola Fletcher is the oldest known living survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre — and she recently celebrated a milestone birthday.
Fletcher, who was just 7 years old when tragedy rocked the Oklahoma city, turned 107 years old on May 5.
“We just do the things that are good for you,” she told Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Oral History Research Program in 2014 about her secret to longevity. “Sleeping and eating and exercising. It’s no problem with me.”