Mary Parrish

Mary Parrish, 1892–1972

Mary Parrish, 2021, Acrylic on Panel, 11 x 14 in.

A trained journalist, Mary Parrish chronicled her own experience of the violence during the Tulsa massacre of 1921. She fled with her young daughter, along with other survivors, who provided eyewitness accounts.

From The Nation Must Awake by Mary Parrish:

Mary Parrish was reading in her home when the Tulsa race massacre began on the evening of May 31, 1921. Parrish’s daughter, Florence Mary, called the young journalist and teacher to the window. “Mother,” she said, “I see men with guns.” 

Additional Information:

Trinity University Press

The New Yorker