Black Wealth: Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Black Wealth: Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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In the Early 1900s the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma was one of the most prominent districts in the United States. Nicknamed "Black Wall Street" Greenwood was home to some of America's most affluent African-Americans. Among these individuals was O.W. Gurley and Dr. A.C. Jackson. Gurley, a former Presidential Appointee of Grover Cleveland, purchased 40 acres of land in Oklahoma with strict instructions "Only to be sold to colored." Dr. A.C. Jackson, a well known resident of Greenwood, was regarded as the top black surgeon in America.

The prominence of Greenwood ended in 1921 during the Tulsa Race Riots where homes and businesses we're burned and destroyed by Whites from nearby neighborhoods. The attack killed hundreds of blacks, left over 10,000 homeless, and over 6,000 blacks were arrested. Law enforcement dropped bombs on buildings, homes, and fleeing families. The massacre was omitted from Oklahoma state records, and history books.

Today we remember the accomplishments, lives, and history of the individuals who created America's first Black Wall Street.  

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