Black Wall Street

This piece was inspired by a story that I heard Reveta Bowers tell on February 13 2013.
Her family left Greenwood, OK and traveled to Los Angeles, CA after the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Greenwood Avenue south of Easton Street, looking north along Sand Springs Railroad tracks. Updated photo from Beryl Ford collection

Greenwood is a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As one of the most successful and wealthiest African American communities in the United States during the early 20th Century, it was popularly known as America's "Black Wall Street" until the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. The riot was one of the most devastating race riots in history and it destroyed the once thriving Greenwood community.

Within five years after the riot, surviving residents who chose to remain in Tulsa rebuilt much of the district. They accomplished this despite the opposition of many white Tulsa political and business leaders. It resumed being a vital black community until segregation was overturned by the Federal Government during the 1950s and 60s. Desegregation encouraged blacks to live and shop elsewhere in the city, causing Greenwood to lose much of its original vitality.

Excerpt from:,_Tulsa,_Oklahoma

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