Uncovering the Hidden Geographies of “Black Wall Street” - An Examination of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921

Authors: Donald Colley*, Oklahoma State University
Topics: Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, Communication
Keywords: “Black Wall Street”, Tulsa Massacre, Black history, Black geographies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Biltmore, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Terrace Level
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As the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921 draws near, land sensing radar is being used to uncover the mass graves around Tulsa’s cemeteries. This paper is an examination of those efforts, their results according to secondary sources such as the Facebook page/website “The Black Wall Street Times” and interview data with lawyer and historian Hannibal Johnson as well as others involved in the project. The paper’s goal is to illustrate one of America’s most important black geographies: The Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma also known as “Black Wall Street”.

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