Blacks being taken to the Brady Theater during the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. PHOTO COURTESY OF COMMUNIQUE NEW ENGLAND By DAPHNE TAYLOR The History: “Greenwood”…
Tulsa, Okla. 1921
TULSA, Okla. – Only time will tell if there will be another section of town in the USA like the neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Thus far, as history would have it, there has yet to be a town to duplicate it. As one of the most prominent concentrations of African-American businesses in the United States during the early 20th century, it was popularly known as America’s “Black Wall Street” until the infamous Tulsa race riot of 1921, in which white residents massacred hundreds of black residents and razed the neighborhood within hours. The riot was one of the most devastating massacres in the history of U.S. race relations, taking with it the distinction of a town with more black businesses than ever before or since.
But the poignant question is “how” did this happen? There are two considerations to muse over: How did Greenwood become so prosperous, and how, on a fateful day in 1921, did it all go up in smoke? Continue…..