A Moment In Black History
Many Thanks To Our Forefathers, 88 yrs. ago.
The Date Was June 1, 1921, "BLACK WALL STREET"
The name fittingly given to one of the most affluent All-BLACK Communities in America , was bombed from the air and Burned to the ground by mobs of envious Whites.
In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving Black Business District in northern Tulsa lay smoldering -- a model Community destroyed
and a major African-American economic movement resoundingly defused.
The Night's Carnage left some 3,000 African Americans Dead and over 600 Successful Businesses Lost. Among these were 21 Churches, 21
Restaurants, 30 Grocery Stores and 2 Movie Theaters, plus A Hospital, A
Bank, a Post Office, Libraries, Schools, Law Offices, a half dozen
Private Airplanes and even A Bus System.
As could have been expected, the impetus behind it all was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with Ranking City Officials and many
The best description of BLACK WALL STREET, or Little Africa as it was also known, would be to compare it to a mini - Beverly Hills. It was the golden door of the BLACK Community during the early 1900s, and it proved that African Americans could create a successful
That's What BLACK WALL STREET, Was All About. The Dollar circulated 36 to 100 Times, sometimes taking a year for currency to leave the Community. Now a Dollar leaves the BLACK Community in 15-minutes. As Far As Resources, There were Ph.D.'s residing in Little Africa, BLACK Attorneys and
Doctors. One Doctor was Dr. Berry who owned the Bus System. His average
income was $500 a Day, a hefty pocket change in 1910.
It was a time when the entire State of Oklahoma had only 2 Airports, yet 6 BLACKS, Owned their own Planes. It was a very Fascinating Community.
The mainstay of the Community was to educate every child. Nepotism was
the one word they Believed in. And that's what we need to get back to.
The main thoroughfare was Greenwood Avenue, and it was intersected by Archer and Pine Streets.
From the First Letters in each of those Three Names you get G.A.P. And that's where the renowned R and B Music Group The GAP Band got its name.
They're From Tulsa. BLACK WALL STREET was a prime example of the typical, BLACK Community in America that did businesses, but it was in an unusual location.
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