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'Black Wall Street' survivors accept Ghana citizenship

Two survivors of the 1921 massacre of black people in the US city of Tulsa have accepted the offer to become Ghanaian citizens.

"We accept it with great joy and we thank the president for this great honour," said Viola Fletcher, aged 107, and her brother, 100-year-old Van Ellis.

They were given the honorary titles of Queen mother and Chief uncle. Credit: BBC News

They're presently journeying Ghana as a part of every week-lengthy excursion of Africa to mark the centenary of the killings, referred to as the Tulsa Race massacre.

Approximately 300 Black citizens of the prosperous Greenwood city then referred to as "Black Wall road" in Tulsa, Oklahoma, had been murdered and their businesses and homes destroyed through a mob of white human beings.

Viola Fletcher, known as mother Fletcher and her brother Van Ellis, known as "Uncle crimson", had been in Ghana for the reason that Saturday - traveling historic sites consisting of the Osu fort Dungeon, in which enslaved Africans had been saved earlier than being shipped overseas at some stage in the transatlantic slave alternate.

They made emotional remarks there - decrying the horrors of slavery and calling for African solidarity.

In addition, they laid a wreath at the tomb of the Pan-African human rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, and paid a courtesy name to President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The centenarians said that they chose to visit Ghana because "it represents Africa."

On Wednesday, they also visited the Nigerian Igbo community in Ghana where they were crowned honorary chief and queen mother.


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