Looking back at the Tulsa Race Riots during Black History Month
One of the sad truths about Oklahoma history is the violence and intimidation inflicted on African Americans in our state.
We are looking back at the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot in the Greenwood District, which was known as the Black Wall Street of America.
It was a thriving business district until an African American was accused of assaulting a Caucasian girl in an elevator.
He was threatened to be lynched.
After that, members of the African American community flocked to the area to offer themselves as protection.
A shot was fired in the crowd and the Tulsa Race Riot ensued.
The number of people who were killed is still not confirmed.
The figures range from 30 to 300 people.
Years later a new park in Tulsa was created and dedicated to the survivors of the Tulsa Race Riot, the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park.