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The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, the worst of the so-called race riots of the twentieth century, destroyed a nationally renowned black entrepreneurial community fondly dubbed “Black Wall Street.” In a sixteen-hour orgy of unmitigated violence and chaos, the black community in Tulsa endured immeasurable hardship. These photographs tell part of the story: the magnitude of the mayhem; the scope of the devastation; and the depths of the despair. As you view these photographs, know that all was not lost. In the end, the human spirit triumphed, the black community rallied, and Black Wall Street rose once again to prominence.

Hannibal B. Johnson

 

 

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