Yesterday I went to downtown Oaklawn Cemetery before my orthopedic appointment and took photos. There has been a lot of buzz in the news about this cemetery possibly being the site of unidentified remains.
A forensic team said in October that it had unearthed 11 coffins while searching for victims from the 1921 massacre. Hundreds of Black residents in Tulsa were killed at that time.
1921 Black Massacre:
“We still have a lot of work to do to identify the nature of that mass grave and identify who is in it,” Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said.
“But what we do know is that there is a mass grave in Oaklawn Cemetery where we have no record of anyone being buried.”
The 1921 massacre began after white people tried to lynch a young Black man. There were allegations that he had attacked a young white woman who was an elevator operator at a drugstore.
The man was cleared, but when a group of white men met up with a group of Black men at a police station, shots were fired and a fight broke out.
The mass grave was discovered in an area where records and research suggested that as many as 18 victims would be found. Painstaking work will be required to identify whether the remains are from victims of the massacre.
Excavating The Remains:
The remains will not be moved until they can be exhumed properly to avoid deterioration, said Kary Stackelbeck, a state archaeologist. She said the discovery “constitutes a mass grave.”
Ms. Stackelbeck said machinery removed the upper layers of an area in the cemetery that had originally been surveyed with ground-penetrating radar.
The excavation revealed 10 coffins buried in the same pit and an 11th nearby.
I didn’t see any areas of earth that looked recently disrupted, but I didn’t have time to walk around the entire cemetery.
When I was just about to leave, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. It was a hawk.
The hawk flew from stone to stone, its giant wings flapping the air.
At the appointment I learned that eight of my ten fingers have what is called “trigger finger.” I have no idea why this happened to almost all my fingers at the same time.
The physician’s assistant said that we could try injections. She explained that localized injections are administered into the sheath of the tendon at the affected finger’s base.
She explained that it was going to be extremely painful and she would only do two fingers at a time. We chose my left thumb and right ring finger.
It might help for only a little while and possibly not help at all.
The PA said before they can think of surgery they must exhaust the hope that the cortisone shots will help. I don’t want to even hear the word surgery right now. How would I take care of myself with both hands bound up and healing?
Oh My, The Pain:
She was right, it was extremely painful. Driving home, I held both hands up like claws on the steering wheel.
I thought she meant the pain would be over after the shot. But I was wrong. I cannot even describe the pain I felt, and am still feeling to some degree.
In the middle of the night I woke up with the fingers of my right hand triggered and locked. The ring finger included, the one she worked on.
Anyone Know Anything About This Problem?
I asked about physical therapy and she said it wouldn’t help, but I’m going to do some research. I would rather try that than have one of those painful shots again. I’ve also read that stretches can possibly help.
Have any of you had this done before? Or do you have any experience with “trigger” fingers?