The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot The riot began over a Memorial Day, weekend, 1921; after 19-year-old Dick Rowland, a black skinned shoeshiner, was accused of assaulting Sarah Page, the 17-year-old white skinned elevator operator of the nearby Drexel Building. Rowland says he tripped on the elevator threshold and reflexively grabbed her arm to steady himself. Initiall […]
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