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A brief history of Tulsa's Black Wall Street

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

Global Business Journalism reporter David Bartle lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the cite of the worst racist mob violence in American history. One hundred years ago today, a White mob, aided and abetted by local law enforcement, burned down the most prosperous Black community in the American South, killing dozens of freed slaves and their descendants, raping Black women, and displacing more than 5,000 residents.

The ruins of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Okla., after rampaging White racists razed the neighborhood in May 1921. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Here is David Bartle's timeline of Black Wall Street's history and recent attempts to remember the victims of the 1921 massacre.

Timeline by David Bartle

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