In June of 2021, Tulsa will observe the centennial anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The tragic events of May 31-June 1, 1921 destroyed the historic African American business district known as Black Wall Street and the surrounding community that once stretched outward from Greenwood Avenue leaving thousands homeless, hundreds injured, and an unknown number killed.
In the years leading up to the centennial, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission was formed by a group of federal, state, and local leaders with the goal of educating Oklahomans and Americans about the Race Massacre, remembering the victims and survivors, and creating an environment conducive to sustainable entrepreneurship and heritage tourism within the Greenwood District and North Tulsa.
The Greenwood Rising Black Wall Street History Center represents one of the Centennial Commission’s initiatives. It will be an educational hub to tell Greenwood’s story of Tragedy to Triumph and will provide a platform for important discussions about history and race relations.
Together, the Centennial Commission, Selser Schaefer Architects, exhibit designer Local Projects, and landscape architect Howell & Vancuren (now part of Wallace Design Collective) are creating a world-class destination that will offer a step towards healing for the Tulsa community.
Learn more about visiting Greenwood Rising here.