History[ edit ] During a time period when disenfranchising blacks and openly violating their rights was common, the black populations of Durham were making strides in business that challenged the legitimacy of white supremacy. John Merrick and Charles Spaulding.
Many African Americans moved to Oklahoma in the years before and afterwhich is the year when Oklahoma became a state.
Oklahoma represented change and provided a chance for African Americans to get away from slavery and the harsh racism of their previous homes. They traveled to Oklahoma by wagons, horses, trains, and even on foot.
Greenwood boasted a variety of thriving businesses that were very successful. Not only did African Americans want to contribute to the success of their own shops, but also the racial segregation laws prevented them from shopping anywhere else other than Greenwood.
At the time of the riot there were more than a dozen African American churches and many Christian youth organizations and religious societies. The Tulsa Tribune got word of the incident and published the story in the paper on May 31, Shortly after the newspaper article surfaced, there was news that a white lynch mob was going to take matters into its own hands and kill Dick Rowland.
There was an argument in which a white man tried to take a gun from a black man, and the gun fired a bullet up into the sky. This incident promoted many others to fire their guns, and the violence erupted on the evening of May 31, Whites flooded into the Greenwood district and destroyed the businesses and homes of African American residents.
No one was exempt to the violence of the white mobs; men, women, and even children were killed by the mobs. Troops were deployed on the afternoon of June 1, but by that time there was not much left of the once thriving Greenwood district.
Over successful businesses were lost. Among these were 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half-dozen private airplanes and even a bus system.
At the time of the riot, the American Red Cross listed 8, persons in need of assistance, in excess of 1, homes and businesses destroyed, and the delivery of several stillborn infants.The Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, housed one of the most successful Black economies in American history.
The area is, now, commonly referred to as “The Black Wall Street.”. February is Black History Month. An often overlooked piece of American history is the burning of “Black Wall Street,” when a white mob burned a thriving Black community to the ground.
Feb 02, · So, this is Black history month, I want to take the time to educate myself and my family. Today we are learning more about Black Wall Street.
Its said that we are omitted from America’s history books. So I want to take the time to enlighten you, while I enlighten myself.
Feb 02, · So, this is Black history month, I want to take the time to educate myself and my family. Today we are learning more about Black Wall Street. Its . REAL Black History: The Black Wall Street – A Tragic End To A Thriving Community I Am NOT A Proponent Of Black History Month Because I Feel It’s Ridiculous To Concertedly Detach OUR Contribution To ALL History And Compress It Into The Shortest Month .
This Black History month, we are taking a look at the African Americans who have made it to the C-Suite and are making a difference. And sadly, there are not many. Watch our video to learn the names you should know now.