Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District
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In the early 1900s, an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit brought national renown to Tulsa’s historic African American community, the Greenwood District. This “Negro Wall Street” bustled with commercial activity. In 1921, jealously, land lust, and racism swelled in sectors of white Tulsa, and white rioters seized upon what some derogated as “Little Africa,” leaving death and destruction in their wake. In an astounding resurrection, the community rose from the ashes of what was dubbed the Tulsa Race Riot with renewed vitality and splendor, peaking in the 1940s. In the succeeding decades, changed social and economic conditions sparked a prodigious downward spiral. Today’s Greenwood District bears little resemblance to the black business mecca of yore. Instead, it has become part of something larger: an anchor to a rejuvenated arts, entertainment, educational, and cultural hub abutting downtown Tulsa.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467111287
: Arcadia Publishing
: 01/27/2014
: Oklahoma
: Images of America
: 194 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Hannibal B. Johnson, a Harvard Law School graduate, is an author, attorney, consultant, and college professor. He teaches at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma and has taught at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He has written several books on African American history. His play Big Mama Speaks: A Tulsa Race Riot Survivor’s Story was selected for the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work and community service.
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