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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Creating Space for Greenwood’s History and Future

Tulsa’s Greenwood District is home to the famed original Black Wall Street. This historic freedom colony held some of the most prominent Black businesses of the early twentieth century and is the site of the infamous 1921 race massacre, which left 300 Black community members dead and hundreds more injured and homeless. The citizens of Greenwood rebuilt their community after the horrific events of 1921, and the district remains a locally- and nationally-significant historic site. Today, the Greenwood Community Development Corporation (GCDC), a nonprofit partner of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, maintains the ten remaining original buildings of Black Wall Street. With an NEH CARES grant, GCDC repurposed an empty storefront space and adjacent corridor into a welcome center and an exhibition, created signage on the streets and in historic businesses to showcase the history of the area, and implemented sanitization and safety protocols to keep a public courtyard open to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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