The Oklahoma Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a luncheon June 13 at Southern Hills Country Club benefiting the preservation of historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church at 311 N. Greenwood Ave. 

Phil Armstrong, project director for the 2021 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, spoke to guests about the commemoration of the tragic event. The luncheon raised raised $10,000 toward a $20,000 gift to restore toward restoration of the church basement, called the Refuge Room, where people hid during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It is the sole edifice to have survived.

Oklahoma Society DAR is a women’s volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. It has 45 chapters across the state.

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