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Black Caucus Chair, State Representative Releases Statement on Passing of Tulsa Race Massacre Survivor

Updated: Jul 1

“Hughes Van Ellis was a giant. A family man, patriot and defender of his community”


October 10, 2023

TULSA, OKLA. – Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus Chair, State Rep. Monroe Nichols (D-Tulsa) released a statement today on the passing of Tulsa Race Massacre survivor Hughes Van Ellis.In 1921, Ellis fled Tulsa with his family after their neighborhood was looted and destroyed. They were not able to take any of their possessions, leaving with only the clothes on their back, according to the Justice for Greenwood website.

“Hughes Van Ellis was a giant. A family man, patriot and defender of his community, ” said Nichols. “He leaves a legacy of patriotism and the unending pursuit of justice. While the truth about the massacre was buried for decades, generations of young Tulsans will know the name Hughes Van Ellis. I am proud to have known him. My thoughts today are with his family, including his sister and fellow race massacre survivor Viola Fletcher, his friends including fellow race massacre survivor Lessie Randle, descendants of Greenwood survivors and all who were inspired by this life well lived.“


About State Rep. Monroe Nichols:

Monroe Nichols has consistently advocated for education, healthcare, justice reform, and economic growth. As the first African American to represent House District 72, Nichols is an established leader in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and serves as the current chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus. Nichols brings a wealth of experience from government, business, higher-education, and non-profit sectors. Nichols has been recognized with numerous awards for his public service. Now, he's ready to leverage his diverse expertise and commitment to progress to lead Tulsa into a brighter, more inclusive future.


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