Known as ‘Black Wall Street’ in the early 20th century, Tulsa’s Greenwood District was home to one of the US’s most prominent concentrations of African-American businesses. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre changed that but today, Black Tulsans have once again reclaimed a piece of Greenwood.Read More
Greenwood Rising, the museum and history center dedicated to Tulsa’s historic Black district, finished seventh in a nationwide vote for USA Today’s Best New Attraction of 2021.Read More
Ambitious museum shows in Tulsa, Richmond, and Louisville left an imprint. Jasper Johns, Maya Lin, and Latino artists shone. And the high quality of gallery shows of women was dizzying and gratifying.Read More
Thank you to Bishop TD Jakes of the Potter's House of Dallas who took time out to visit Greenwood Rising during a recent trip to Tulsa. Kudos to AJ Johnson of Oasis Fresh Market and Rose Washington of TEDC for showcasing Greenwood and North Tulsa and its current and future economic developments.Read More
A studio that creates immersive learning experiences, including Planet Word, Greenwood Rising, Norton Art+, and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Founder and principal Jake Barton describes how the New York-based design firm creates compelling multimedia museum experiences, from the National September 11 Memorial to Tulsa’s new retrospective on the Greenwood massacre.Read More
Just weeks away from the opening of Greenwood Rising, a state-of-the-art history center honoring the legacy of Black Wall Street both before and after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, First Baptist Church in downtown Tulsa opened a room for massacre victims seeking refuge.Read More
The Greenwood Rising History Center building is complete. Now comes the hard part — filling it with stories.
Workers from 1220 and Local Projects will spend the next month doing just that in the leadup to the centennial commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
1220 produces and installs museum exhibits. Local Projects designs them. Or, as the company’s website puts it, “We help visitors have a social experience with art.”Read More
With the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre less than a month away, one of the organizers of the city's official commemoration is amazed by the way the centennial is coming together — and bringing communities together.
"This has galvanized our city. It has coalesced the private sector, the nonprofit foundations, the community," said Phil Armstrong, project manager for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.Read More
Greenwood Rising, the museum commemorating the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, is set to open June 2, coinciding with the race massacre centennial. Armstrong said it will elevate the area even more.Read More
To commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, which decimated a Black community from May 31 to June 1, 1921, a new building will glow where the ruins smoldered. It is home to Greenwood Rising: Black Wall Street History Center, designed by Selser Schaefer Architects, a Tulsa firm, with exhibitions by Local Projects, a Manhattan company known for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum among other immersive installations. The center opens to the public in June.Read More
“Tulsa feels intensely humiliated and, standing in the shadow of this great tragedy, pledges its every effort to wipe out the stain at the earliest possible moment and punishing those guilty of bringing the disgrace and disaster to this city. A city which … can be depended upon to make proper restitution and to bring order out of chaos at the earliest possible moment.”
— Alva J. Niles, president of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, on June 2, 1921, in a public statement made to press associations preceding a special meeting of the Chamber members and directors*Read More
The Tulsa World recently talked to 10 Tulsans who, each in their own way, have committed to telling the story of Greenwood and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre while helping raise awareness of its too-long-ignored history.
Who are they and what motivates them? What are their hopes for the centennial? Meet them here!Read More
Next month marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, which saw the city’s prosperous Greenwood District, home to the historic Black-owned businesses of Black Wall Street, burned to the ground in a deadly blaze. In memory of the victims and survivors, a new history museum and memorial, Greenwood Rising, is slated to open early this summer.Read More
On May 30, 1921, 17-year-old Sarah Page, a white elevator operator who worked in the downtown Tulsa Drexel Building, accused Dick Rowland, a 19-year-old Black shoeshiner, of assault.
Although she later recanted the charge, Rowland was jailed at the courthouse. An armed white mob—some newly deputized—gathered, and lynching rumors circulated. A group of black men, some with guns, twice gathered to prevent such an event. But a firefight flared and, as survivors reported, “All hell broke loose.”Read More
An attorney suing the City of Tulsa for reparations has told the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission to stop using the name of 106-year-old survivor Lessie Benningfield "Mother" Randle.Read More
FC Tulsa is doing its part to recognize the upcoming centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
The soccer club is adding “Greenwood Ave.” patches in honor of the estimated hundreds of victims one hundred years ago, and their descendants living and working in Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District.Read More