Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma is a city full of history. Two monumental landscapes were built to ensure this rich history is never forgotten; they are the Greenwood Cultural Center and the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park. Both were built as reminders of hope, hope for the Black community.
But what are the people remembering?
In 1921, what is now coined the Tulsa Race Massacre took place in Greenwood. It’s the single worst incident of racial violence in American history. It was the destruction of the largest black economy hub in America at the time–Black Wall Street.
During this massacre, over 300 black people lost their lives and many more were injured. The majority of people lost all their property when racially charged angered whites razed through the district and burnt everything to the ground.