Logo

Black Wall Street:The Bloodiest Race Riot in American History

by / June 18, 2014 video 25 Comments

Post By RelatedRelated Post

The neighborhood of Greenwood, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma became known as Black Wall Street in the early 1900’s.  Many black people moved to Oklahoma during that time to escape slavery and the harsh racism prevalent in other areas.

In 1906, O.W. Gurley purchased 40 acres of land which he wanted to only be sold to blacks.  Gurley established multiple buildings and residences, and many blacks began to settle in the area.  The oil boom of the 1910s helped the Greenwood neighborhood thrive, and it became known as Black Wall Street.  The neighborhood became home to many prominent black businessmen, many of whom were multimillionaires.  There were also doctors, lawyers, realtors, and other professionals who lived along Greenwood Avenue, one of the few streets that did not run through the white part of town.

Greenwood was a model of African American self sufficiency and progress.  Every dollar within the community circulated 36 to 100 times before leaving the community.  To put this in perspective, a dollar currently leaves the black community every 15 minutes.

By 1921, Greenwood was home to 11,000 residents.  The neighborhood had two high schools, a hospital, two newspapers, two theaters, three drug stores, four hotels, and a public library.

On May 31, 1921 the Tulsa Tribune ran a story about the alleged assault of 17 year old white elevator operator Sarah Page by 19 year old black shoe shiner Dick Rowland.  Although Rowland was eventually acquitted, an armed white mob gathered to avenge their own justice for the alleged crime.  A group of black men assembled in an effort to protect Rowland.  After a warning shot was fired during an argument, chaos ensued.

On June 1, 1921 the largest massacre of nonmilitary means took place, led by the Ku Klux Klan.  In less than 12 hours, 3,000 black people were killed, 1,500 homes were burned, and 600 businesses were destroyed.  When it was all said and done, every black person within Tulsa city limits had been killed, wounded, imprisoned, arrested, or placed in confinement.

The following video is a documentary about Black Wall Street and the bloody race riots that destroyed it.  Check it out to learn more about the tragic loss of one of black America’s most successful communities.

[leadplayer_vid id=”5357523F3C747″]

Christine

25 Comment

  1. This site truly has all the information and facts I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask. |

  2. Thanks again for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  3. That is a good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Short but very accurate info Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!

  4. Magnificent website. Lots of helpful info here. I’а†m sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks on your sweat!

  5. Thanks-a-mundo for the post.Really thank you! Awesome.

  6. There is visibly a lot to realize about this. I feel you made certain nice points in features also.

  7. Preceding to you choose to create your own checklist to add an idea linked with what camping checklist ought to. Actually A listing can be better than what you need.

  8. This is one awesome blog post.Really thank you!

  9. Thank you ever so for you article.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  10. Some were practical, of course, but others were psychological

  11. This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I ave shared your site in my social networks!

  12. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this post plus the rest of the website is extremely good.

  13. Muchos Gracias for your article. Will read on

  14. Interesting article. Were did you got all the information from?

  15. Your means of telling all in this article is really nice, all be capable of without difficulty know it, Thanks a lot.

  16. When I initially commented I clicked the Notify me when new comments are added checkbox

  17. I value the article.Really looking forward to read more. Great. oral creampie

  18. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this post and also the rest of the site is also really good.

  19. The website loading speed is incredible.

  20. Well I definitely enjoyed reading it. This post provided by you is very constructive for correct planning.

  21. You have brought up a very wonderful points , thankyou for the post.

  22. personal war first presumably was Li Xuan Ba or flowed a breeze star?Caesar as if deep in thought

  23. Im obliged for the blog post. Really Great.

  24. This unique blog is really cool additionally factual. I have picked up a lot of interesting tips out of this amazing blog. I ad love to visit it over and over again. Cheers!

  25. Thanks a lot for this kind of details I had been exploring all Yahoo to locate it!

Leave a Comment

Email (will not be published)