Lessie Benningfield Randle's StoryFile

Lessie Benningfield Randle's Life Story

Lessie Benningfield Randle was a child during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Her home was looted and destroyed and she witnessed first hand the violence and trauma that eviscerated the beautiful town of Greenwood, Oklahoma. Her home was again taken from her in 1980 as a part of the Urban Renewal program. Today, she is a part of the Greenwood Advocates lawsuit seeking reparations for many Tulsans and is simply seeking a “comfortable” home at 106 years old.

Lessie Benningfield Randle's StoryFile Highlights

Mother Randle answered 115 questions including:

What do you know about your ancestry?
Where were you when the Tulsa Race Massacre happened?
Did you ever think you would live to see an African-American President of the United States?