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Black History Month, Week 2: The Tulsa Massacre

This Black History Month, DESIGNxHUMANITY will do a deep dive into Tulsa and The Greenwood District's history, aka Black Wall Street. Our long-term strategic goals include a possible physical site in the district. For the next four weeks, we will be exploring the history of Greenwood in 4 parts:

Week One: Black Wall Street

Week Two: The Tulsa Massacre

Week Three: The Rebirth of the Greenwood District

Week Four: Current State of Greenwood

We invite you to join us in discussing the history of Greenwood beyond what happened on Memorial Day Weekend of 1921. If you're not subscribed to our newsletter yet and want to join us on this deep dive, click this link to subscribe:

Dick Rowland, a 19 year old shoeshine man, simply tripped into an elevator and, in trying to save himself from falling, grasped the arm of 17-year old elevator operator Sarah Page. This interaction led to the immediate allegations of assault and rape. The outrage of a literal misstep is said to have fueled this week's Black History topic: The Tulsa Massacre.

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Over the course of 18 hours on May 31 and June 1, 1921, more than 1,000 homes and business were destroyed, as many as 300 people were murdered, and the state's second-largest African American community had been burned to the ground.

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White mobs destroyed "Black Wall Street" in 1921.

But where are the victims' bodies?


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