TULSA, Okla. – The Gilcrease Museum announced yesterday it has received the Eddie Faye Gates Tulsa Race Massacre Collection, which contains a wealth of eyewitness accounts, photographs, and recorded survivor stories and other narratives of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
The collection is a gift of Tulsan Eddie Faye Gates and reflects the life, legacy and work of the leading African American teacher, author and community activist. Throughout her life, Gates has felt an affinity for the overlooked and oppressed. And following her appointment to the Tulsa Race Riot Commission in 1998, she labored tirelessly to recover the forgotten voices of survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. She preserved her work through photographs, correspondence, handwritten research notes, newspaper and periodical clippings, and a vast collection of audio and video interviews with survivors.
“It became her mission to ensure the atrocities that occurred during the 1921 Race Massacre are not forgotten, and that the survivors’ stories serve to make needed change,” said Dianne Gates-Anderson, Gates’ daughter. “It is also important to her and our family that the collection be physically located in North Tulsa and accessible for viewing and research by descendants and the community at large. This is our story and we want it preserved and accessible to us. We also selected Gilcrease not only for its location but based on the museum’s ability to conserve the collection and make the materials available for exhibitions and research by scholars worldwide.”