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Honoring Hughes Van Ellis, Race Massacre Survivor, War Veteran

“This Veterans Day, I invite all Tulsans to join me in celebrating the life of this American hero.”

TULSA, OKLA. – Rep. Monroe Nichols (D-Tulsa), candidate for Tulsa Mayor, released a statement honoring Tulsa Race Massacre survivor and war veteran, Hughes Van Ellis on Friday.

“Hughes Van Ellis was a father, loving family man and a patriot,” Nichols said. “He served the US Army in combat during World War II as part of an  all-Black anti-aircraft unit. His patriotism would span his entire life, as he died seeking justice here at home. Hughes Van Ellis’ lifetime commitment to truth and fairness is an inspiration for all Tulsans and the millions of people beyond our city boundaries who come in contact with his story. Tulsa lost a giant, and I felt fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend time with his family and friends. This Veterans Day, I invite all Tulsans to join me in celebrating the life of this American hero.”


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.


Dana Walton, Campaign Manager 

(307) 258-1825

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