The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

by Mary E. Jones Parrish Author

An eyewitness account compiled by a woman who survived the Tulsa race massacre of 1921, Mary Parrish fled into the night under a hail of bullets with her young daughter and unwittingly became witness to one of the greatest race tragedies in American history. Parrish’s first-person account-along with the recollections of dozens of others compiled immediately following the tragedy, with meticulous attention to detail that transports readers to those fateful days-documents the magnitude of the loss of human life and property at the hands of white vigilantes. The testimonies shine light on Black residents’ bravery and the horror of seeing their neighbors gunned down and their community lost to flames. A trained journalist, Parrish gathered eyewitness accounts from survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre and chronicled her own experience fleeing the violence with her young daughter. Parrish hoped that her book would “open the eyes of the thinking people to the impending danger of letting such conditions exist in the ‘Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.’ ”