Don’t Let Them Bury My Story: The Oldest Living Survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre In Her Own Words


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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.

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Weight0.5 lbs
Dimensions9.0 × 6.0 × 0.7 in
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Date Published

August 15, 2023








Mocha Media Inc.

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1 review for Don’t Let Them Bury My Story: The Oldest Living Survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre In Her Own Words

  1. Raymond Williams

    Raymond Williams (verified owner)

    In Don’t Let Them Bury My Story, Viola Ford Fletcher (aka Mother Fletcher) tells of her memories of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. She is the oldest living survivor, having turned 110 recently, as of this writing. Her book covers what she saw in Tulsa, how it still affects her to this day, and her life post-1921.

    One part of this book that surprised me was when she wrote about the negative impact that the massacre personally had on her. I’d heard about the many lives lost and the damaged property but I rarely thought about the trauma and PTSD that survivors must have experienced after the tragedy. Mother Fletcher reveals in her book how the massacre has forever altered her sleep quality, so much so that she doesn’t sleep well and she doesn’t sleep in a bed but in a chair. She also lost a chance at getting her education, she was only able to complete fourth grade.

    It’s a short book just over 100 pages, some may find it too short, especially since it’s about the life of a centenarian. I believe it was published to get her story on record before she passes away, to add to the existing literature on the Tulsa massacre. The book has a few editing issues that I believe the publisher should have caught before going to press, but this should not take away from the story that is told.

    Overall, this book is a powerful account of what happened to Mother Fletcher and the Greenwood community in Tulsa. It should definitely be read by all. Hopefully, it educates those about this horrifying time in American history, while at the same time encouraging readers to fight for justice for the vulnerable.

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