In the early 1900’s, the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma was commonly referred to as ‘Black Wall Street’. It was a predominantly African American town that was booming due to the nearby discovery of oil. Greenwood was a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family – but that all changed on May 31, 1921. In a matter of hours, the area was burnt to ashes and its estimated that up to 300 people were murdered. Historian Scott Ellsworth shares the largely untold story of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
- Dr. Scott Ellsworth, lecturer, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, author, Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
Links for more information:
- Tulsa Historical Society Tulsa Race Massacre Photos.
- History.com: Tulsa Race Massacre.
- Releasing May 18, 2021: The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice by Scott Ellsworth.