Day 14 * Black Wall Street *
The Greenwood Community of Tulsa, Oklahoma is home to Black Wall Street. O.W. Gurley, a wealthy black landowner, purchased 40 acres of land in Tulsa, naming it Greenwood after the town in Mississippi. Gurley is credited with having the first black business in Greenwood in 1906. This self-sustaining community grew out of necessity when many black people were shut out of institutions during the Jim Crow era. Black doctors, lawyers, accountants, jewelers, luxury shops, banks, and hospitals filled the area and allowed many to prosper. There were those who were plumbers, janitors, and domestics who also contributed to the Greenwood economy. In 1921, as tensions grew, the horrific Tulsa Massacre occurred when mobs of angry white men destroyed the Greenwood community. Lives were lost, homes were burned, and businesses were demolished.
However, the story does not end there. Over the years, the area continues to rebuild and organizations like the Black UpStart (@theblackupstart). Training entrepreneurs through an intensive boot camp, people leave more empowered and ready to revitalize this community for generations to come. This is the story of resilience because even in the face of destructive there is hope in revitalizing.
Contributor: Brittney Mitchell @codename_bee
PC📸 & Source: https://www.history.com/news/black-wall-street-tulsa-race-massacre
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