Tulsa Race Riots: Two Days to Live in Infamy

The Tulsa race riot saw a white mob attack Tulsa’s Greenwood District, the wealthiest black community in the United States known as the “Black Wall Street”.  From May 31 and through June 1, 1921:

  • 35 blocks comprising 1,256 residences were burned to the ground; and
  • between 39 and 300 African-Americans killed.

From Wikipedia:

The events of the riot were long omitted from local and state histories. The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private. Blacks and whites alike grew into middle age unaware of what had taken place.”  With the number of survivors declining, in 1996, the state legislature commissioned a report to establish the historical record of the events, and acknowledge the victims and damages to the black community. Released in 2001, the report included the commission’s recommendations for some compensatory actions, most of which were not implemented by the state and city governments. The state passed legislation to establish some scholarships for descendants of survivors, economic development of Greenwood, and a memorial park to the victims in Tulsa. The latter was dedicated in 2010.

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