Train Scarred by Bullets at Tulsa; Passengers Fling Selves on Floor

The New York Tribune/June 2, 1921

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., June 1.—Evidence of the fury of the race clash at Tulsa was borne by a St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad passenger train which arrived here today from the East. Many of the windows in one of the coaches had been shot out and the sides of the cars were scarred by bullets fired upon the train as it passed through the negro section in Tulsa early today. None of the passengers was injured.

J.E. Lucas, a traveling salesman, who arrived from Tulsa gave a vivid account of the fighting in the vicinity of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad passenger station.

“Pullman cars standing in the yards were fired on and the windows shattered,” he said.

“Passengers left their berths and lay flat on the floor in the aisles.

“There was a lull in the firing when a passenger train pulled in and women and children alighted. Then the firing began again.

“Bodies of three negroes were lying in front of the station when the train arrived.”