Fletcher in May 2021 at age 107
|Birth:||5 May 1914|
Comanche, Oklahoma, USA
|Age:||107 years, 87 days|
Viola Fletcher was born in Comanche, Oklahoma, USA on 5 May 1914, the second oldest of eight children of John Wesley Ford and Lucinda (née Ellis) Ford. She had four brothers and three sisters.
Before moving the family to Tulsa, her parents were sharecroppers. She had just turned 7 years old when a White mob descended on her all-Black neighborhood in a murderous rage. Her family fled Tulsa during the massacre but eventually returned.
In 1932, she married her husband, Robert, and the couple moved to California to work in the shipyards during World War II. After the war, she and her husband returned to Oklahoma, where they raised their three children: two sons and one daughter in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Fletcher worked cleaning houses, while her husband worked as a truck driver and at a filling station. She worked until age 85.
In May 2021 in Washington, D.C., she appeared before the subcommittee to push for reparations for 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, together her 100-year-old brother, Hughes "Uncle Red" Van Ellis, and a third survivor, 106-year-old Lessie Benningfield Randle.
Viola Fletcher currently lives in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA, at the age of 107 years, 87 days.
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