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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new history center in Tulsa’s Greenwood district recounts a grievous past while spurring future change. Before writing on a soon-to-be-dedicated building in the historic Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you have to first tell the story of Greenwood.
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.
“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*
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!
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.
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.”
“After 100 years of social injustice, here is our chance, on our watch, to right a wrong. While we attempt to repair a trust that was broken a century ago by Tulsa’s homegrown terrorists, the world is watching our every movement as we go through this unique process.
On March 26, 2021, TTCU Federal Credit Union pledged to donate $100,000 over the next four years to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and Greenwood Rising, a state-of-the-art history center located in the heart of historic Greenwood which will honor the legacy of Black Wall Street before and after the massacre. It is under construction with a scheduled public opening in late June 2021.
Hit the road for adventures this year using the new, official 2021 state map now available to travelers. The bi-fold map highlights the best road trip destinations across the state… plan a visit to Greenwood Rising, a state-of-the-art history center honoring the legacy of Tulsa’s famed Greenwood District – also known as Black Wall Street – before and after the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.