Bexley Juneteenth Planning Committee hosted Dr. Karlos Hill on April 28th for a community presentation on the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. A recording of this event is available at the bottom of this post.
Tulsa’s Greenwood District, “Black Wall Street”, was one of the most affluent Black communities in America. However, on May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked Greenwood, resulting in nearly every significant structure within the community being destroyed, and as many as 300 people were killed. Nearly 100 years later, the race massacre continues to reverberate. Dr. Hill’s presentation will discuss the history of the race massacre, the lessons history offers, and the current-day legacies that must be confronted.
Dr. Hill’s newly released book, The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History, examines this historic event through a range of photographs taken before, during and after the massacre. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, it is available for purchase through Gramercy Books or to rent through Bexley Public Library. Dr. Karlos Hill, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and founding director of African and African American Studies Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Oklahoma.
This community program is made possible from support by the Bexley Community Foundation.