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RandySF

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Sun May 30, 2021, 06:08 PM May 2021

His arrest sparked the Tulsa Race Massacre. Then Dick Rowland disappeared.

He liked to call himself “Diamond Dick.”

Dick Rowland, a tall teenager with velvet skin, wore a diamond ring as he shined shoes in downtown Tulsa. Rowland, 19, had recently dropped out of Booker T. Washington High School, where he was a star football player, because he was making so much money polishing the shoes of oilmen in a city that billed itself as the “oil capital of the world.”

On May 30, 1921, Rowland took a break from his shoe stand inside a pool hall and walked to the Drexel Building to use the only public restroom for Black people in segregated Tulsa.

Rowland passed Renberg’s, a department store that occupied the first two floors of the Drexel Building, and stepped into an open wire-caged elevator operated by a 17-year-old White girl named Sarah Page.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/05/30/dick-rowland-tulsa-massacre-sarah-page/

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His arrest sparked the Tulsa Race Massacre. Then Dick Rowland disappeared. (Original Post) RandySF May 2021 OP
cant see main story as paywall wont let me. AllaN01Bear May 2021 #1
Thanks for that link. catrose May 2021 #2
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