Remove the Tulsa Association of Pioneers Monument from Owen Park.

Remove the Tulsa Association of Pioneers Monument from Owen Park.

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People of Tulsa started this petition to Mayor GT Bynum

The Tulsa Association of Pioneers (TAP) Monument is a physical reminder and representation of the local self-perpetuating false narrative about the "founding fathers" of the city of Tulsa.

This monument, dated just a few months after the Tulsa Race Massacre on September 21, 1921, celebrates a reunion BBQ that happened the same weekend the state wide Confederate Reunion was in town hosted by Tate Brady, a known Klansman whose name is found on the monument.

This monument was first erected on private property in 1935, and wasn't moved to it's current spot until fifteen years later in 1950. The monument was placed in Owen Park, about 50 feet from an Indian Memorial that had been there for 15 years prior to the monument's relocation. It wasn't until after land was donated to the city to host the TAP monument, and a date reserved on the calendar as "old-timers day" for an annual picnic on the 21st of September, that the monument was moved to Owen Park. Then, sometime later, the large horizontal marble slab with all the family names was installed adding to the presentation with the two original pieces. It is this piece that makes it most confusing for contemporary Tulsans.

Meanwhile, the nearby Indian Memorial, recently rededicated by the Daughters of the American Revolution on Nov 1, 2020, celebrates the physical location where the three tribal boundaries of the Creek, Cherokee, and Osage nations converge.

The Tulsa Association of Pioneers as it exists today is structurally defunct, existing as a ghost organization in name only, with no active members. There are no records available from its inception until the mid nineteen thirties, a timeline that historically coincides with the rise and fall of the KKK in Tulsa. This monument is less a genuine sign of gratitude to those who helped build the city we live in, and more a repackaged celebration of white supremacy, and an orgy of plunder and exploitation probably unparalleled in American history before, during and after the 1921 Race Massacre. The inscription on the monument reads:

This stone marks the ground where "Old Timers"
who had lived in Tulsa and vicinity over
thirty years, met on Sept. 21, 1921,
at a Barbecue given by
Dr. Sam G. Kennedy and Dr. Jim Kennedy.
They all visited with old friends,
reminisced and organized the
"Tulsa Association of Pioneers"
to Commemorate and Perpetuate
the memory of those
"Sturdy Pioneers" who, by their
sacrafice and effort
helped to build a great Empire.

The inscription about the great empire on this monument unmistakably carries all the hallmarks and klan trophy calling cards of the invisible empire. This monument needs to be removed from our public park, and "old-timers day" needs to be stricken from the calendar.

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