Biden to visit Tulsa for 100th anniversary of race massacre

FILE - In this May 23, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden smiles as he walks from Marine One upon arrival on the Ellipse at the White House, in Washington. President Biden will visit Tulsa next week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1921 massacre that claimed up to hundreds of lives. The White House said Tuesday, May 25, 2021, that Biden will visit the city on June 1. His appearance follows a series of events that include a keynote speech from Stacey Abrams and concert from John Legend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon File)
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — President Joe Biden will visit Tulsa next week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1921 massacre that claimed up to hundreds of lives in the city.

The White House said Tuesday that Biden will visit Tulsa on June 1. His appearance will follow a weekend of events including a keynote speech from Stacey Abrams and a performance by John Legend.

In 1921, a white mob descended on the Black section of Tulsa, known as Greenwood, and burned 1,000 homes and looted hundreds more. The community has never recovered from the attack.

Details of Biden's visit weren't immediately released Tuesday. His trip comes just under a year after then-President Donald Trump picked Tulsa as the site for his first campaign rally after the coronavirus pandemic hit. Trump initially scheduled the rally for Juneteenth, when the last enslaved African Americans learned they had been freed, but later rescheduled it.

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Find AP’s full coverage of the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre at: https://apnews.com/hub/tulsa-race-massacre

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