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Don't Let Them Bury My Story

Don't Let Them Bury My Story

The Oldest Living Survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre in Her Own Words

Viola Fletcher & Ike Howard
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"Every day, I have lived through the massacre. While our country may forget this history, I cannot." Viola Ford Fletcher


Viola Ford Fletcher's memoir Don't Let Them Bury My Story vividly recounts the lasting impact of the Tulsa Massacre on her life. As the oldest survivor and last living witness of the tragic events that unfolded in 1921, she shares her testimony with poignant clarity. From the terror of her childhood as a seven-year-old fleeing the burning streets of Greenwood to her current role as a 109-year-old family matriarch seeking justice for the affected families, Mother Fletcher takes us on a journey through a lifetime of pain and perseverance. Her inspiring story is a powerful reminder that some wounds never fully heal, and we must never forget the lessons of our history.


Viola Fletcher, 109, also known as Mother Fletcher, is the oldest known survivor of the Tulsa race massacre. One hundred years after the massacre, she testified before Congress about the need for reparations.

Ike Howard, 55, is the grandson of Ms. Fletcher.


  • Publisher: ‎Mocha Media Inc. (August 15, 2023)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Hardcover: ‎140 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1737168405
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781737168409
  • Item Weight: ‎1.74 pounds


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