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Fred Conrad on Documenting the History of the Tulsa Massacre

Image showing a series of black and white portraits of elderly african americans, with the text Unearthing Tulsa: 100 Years after the massacre

On Mon­day, May 17, 2021 at 4 pm, the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Art (UMMA) brings together three thought-lead­ers to dis­cuss the his­tory of mak­ing the 1921 Tulsa Race Mas­sacre more vis­i­ble and known uti­liz­ing the tools of his­tor­i­cal research, jour­nal­ism, and pho­tog­ra­phy. Speak­ers include:

  • Stamps alum (BFA 73) and pho­to­jour­nal­ist Fred Conrad
  • Pulitzer Prize-win­ning jour­nal­ist Brent Staples
  • Depart­ment of Afroamer­i­can and African Stud­ies (DAAS) pro­fes­sor and author Scott Ellsworth

In 1999, Fred Con­rad vis­ited Tulsa to make pho­tographs of sur­vivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Mas­sacre. Brent Sta­ples’ story about the sur­vivors was pub­lished in the Decem­ber 19, 1999 edi­tion of the New York Times Mag­a­zine accom­pa­nied by Conrad’s photos.

Unearthing Tulsa | umma​.umich​.edu

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