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[[caption]] AN ARMED WHITE LOOTER, TYPICAL OF MEMBERS OF THE WHITE MOB, PHOTOGRAPHED ON THE STREET JUNE 1, 1921. [[caption]]


of firearms, ammunition and anything of value. Some were set afire.

Cars with armed men firing at any available target and armed men on foot running pell-mell through the streets infested the downtown business section. The firing grew in intensity and wounded from both sides began to arrive at city hospitals.

Bystanders were gunned down for no reason other than the fact they were convenient targets.

When the firing started, A. B. Stick, 29-year old city clerk of Sapulpa, left the Hotel Tulsa on the Cincinnati exit to see what was happening. He was immediately shot in the back.

The time was 10:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 31, 1921.

People caught on the streets in the downtown area ran for cover. Rifle and pistol fire and ricochets filled the air. The sounds of firing, breaking glass, gunning car motors, ambulances changing [[clanging]] their bells and the crackling of fire set by arsonists added to the din.

A virtual war had begun in downtown Tulsa.

People, both men and women, ran through the streets firing their pistols, rifles and shotguns while yelling, screaming and shouting.

Meanwhile the two mobs gradually began to centralize while armed motorized patrols continued to screen the periphery of the business area.

The negro mob of approximately 1,000, but who were lightly armed, were driven back by a smaller mob of 500 whites who were more heavily armed.

The time was 11:15 P.M., Tuesday, May 31, 1921.

Eyewitnesses reported that Main Street near Fourth was dotted with bodies. A half an hour later, the main business section was in the hands of the white mob with as many as "ten cars in a single block bristling with guns."

Midnight, May 31, 1921.

An estimated 45 cars were patrolling the streets filled with armed whites hunting blacks and summarily executing any that were found.

When a rumor made the rounds that "several hundred armed negroes were on their way (from Muskogee) to the city to assist Tulsa negroes should the fighting continue", the chief of police turned over a police-owned machine gun to a crew of white men, posted it on a flatbed truck and sent it east to the city with orders "to stop at all hazards these armed men." Inturn, the Muskogee police department placed roadblocks around Muskogee with orders to turn back any negroes from leaving the city for any reason.

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[[caption]] WHITE VICTIM LAY IN STREET FROM FIERCE GUN BATTLE [[/caption]]

Transcription Notes:
The following text was hand written on top of the photograph: [[NEGRO SLAIN IN TULSA RIOT JUNE 1ST 1921 No he is white. See his arm. Covered his face [[?]] as to call him colored.]]

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