Greenwood Rising Shares Two Stories Of Tragedy In Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District

The story of Greenwood is not the story of one tragedy, it’s the story of two. The first tragedy is the now widely-publicized 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, America’s worst episode of racial violence where a white mob numbering in the thousands killed dozens of Black residents and burned over 1,200 homes and almost all of the businesses in what was, at the time, the most prosperous Black community in the nation.

Similar massacres occurred in Ocoee, Florida, Wilmington, North Carolina, Augusta, Georgia, Colfax, Louisiana and throughout the South following Reconstruction.

Another systemic tragedy America hit Black communities with was even more widespread and no less subtle. That was the

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