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“But for the specter and violence of white supremacy - where would we be?”
-Dr. Brittney Cooper

1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

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Synod of the Sun remembers the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre
By Gail Strange | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE — The Tulsa race massacre has been called “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.” On May 31 and June 1, 1921, mobs of white residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The attack, carried out on the ground and from private aircraft, destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district — at that time the wealthiest Black community in the United States, known as “Black Wall Street.”
 
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Greenwood before the massacre.
Panorama of Greenwood
Postcard of remains of this man's home.
Booker T. Washington High School Original Front Entrance
"Captured Negros"
Truck with victims of massacre.
Greenwood, June 1, 1921
Greenwood in flames.
After their neighborhood was destroyed, all the Blacks in Tulsa were rounded up and taken to the Con
Evening Public Ledger, Phil., Photo ran with this caption: The above picture, the first received fro

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White Rage Leads to Massacre

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The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre destroyed the Greenwood neighborhood of 35 blocks of homes and businesses in the span of 12-hours on May 31-June 1, 1921. An unknown number of Greenwood residents were killed, estimates are approximately 300 souls. Nicknamed Black Wall Street, for the wealth of this neighborhood, 600 businesses and 1200 homes were fire-bombed by planes and looted and then set afire by the area Whites.

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Harmless themselves, they [the citizens of Greenwood] apparently could not conceive the brutality and fiendishness of men who would deliberately set fire to the homes of their friends and neighbors and just as deliberately shoot them down in their tracks.

                   Tulsa Daily World, June 2, 1921

Furniture in street.
The Woods Building
Section of Greenwood.
Greenwood burning.
Church burning.
Smoldering homes.
After the massacre.
Greenwood after the massacre.
People in line at the Exchange.
Red Cross ward

Lives Lost: Unknown

When the massacre was finished, the cover-up began. No one was ever held responsible for any of the illegal acts committed; no government entity compensated the victims; not a dime of insurance money was collected. The last of the victims and their descendants are still denied justice.

Greenwood before the massacre.
Destruction of residences.
Rubble of houses in African American neighborhood in Tulsa, Okla. after race riots
Williams Bldg., West side of 100 blk. N. Greenwood Tulsa, Okla. After race riots, June 1921
After the mob had passed
Truck on street near Litan Hotel carrying soldiers and African Americans during Tulsa, Okla., race r
Entrance to refugee camp on the fair grounds, Tulsa, Okla., after the race riot of June 1st
Reconstruction period after the race riot in June at Tulsa, Okla. Types of Red Cross tents
Reconstruction period after the race riot in June 1921 at Tulsa, Okla.
Reconstruction in Tulsa, Okla. This part of town was demolished by fire in the race riots of June 19

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Greenwood

in Ruins

“But for the specter and violence of white supremacy - where would we be?” Dr. Brittney Cooper
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