Capital Region philanthropists donate $1M to Tulsa Race Massacre victims

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The three living survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre are getting $1 million from a philanthropic organization based in the Capital Region.

Business for Good co-founders Ed and Lisa Mitzen say the three survivors will share the donation.

They are 108-year-old Viola Ford Fletcher, 107-year-old Lessie Benningfield Randle and 101-year-old Hughes Van Ellis.

Mitzen decided to make the donation after reading news stories about the massacre.

Back in 1921, a white mob attacked and killed hundreds of Black residents of Tulsa. The mob destroyed what had been the nation’s most prosperous Black business district.

The Mitzens were in Tulsa Wednesday. NewsChannel 13 plans to talk to them when they return on Thursday.