The history of the Tulsa race massacre that destroyed America’s wealthiest black neighborhood
Meagan Day
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Thank you Ms. Day for sharing this story. I am a native of Tulsa Oklahoma. Grew up there. My grandparents lived less than three blocks from the epicenter of the ‘riot’. I grew up with the community elders whispering the details of this event. No one wanted to talk about the “trouble” in the open…they were all afraid it would happen again. We called the event “attemped genocide.” There are postcards of the event. One particular card had the handwritten caption “Running the Negro out of Tulsa.” The church that was bombed — Mt. Zion? My ancestors and family members worshiped there. Thankfully it was rebuilt. The city administrations have repeatedly neglected the needs of its Northside (black) residents. Driving across Pine Street into the almost completely segregated northside suggests that you have driven into another city…or time. Many people may find this article inflammatory, or opportunistic. It’s part of my family’s story — and history.

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