© 2021 KOSU
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Help us answer phones and take pledges during our upcoming membership drive on Dec 6th & 7th. Sign up here!

Greenwood Rising, Museum Telling The Story Of Black Wall Street, Opens In Tulsa

Allison Herrera / KOSU

Greenwood Rising, a museum located in the heart of the historic Greenwood district in Tulsa, opened to the public on Wednesday.

The 11,000 square-foot museum features three multimedia exhibits that tell the story of Black Wall Street. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission started planning and fundraising for it in 2018.

Greenwood Rising Museum isn't just about telling the story of the 1921 Race Massacre, though. It's about celebrating the history of Oklahoma's Black citizens, successes and struggles from 1865 to today.

Phil Armstrong, the interim director of the museum, said at one point, Oklahoma was a paradise for Black citizens who could own land and buy businesses.

"The real magic of Greenwood Rising is a discussion space called 'the journey to reconciliation' where people will be able to sit, have discussions — let's talk about where we are, what have we learned from the past," Armstrong said.

For the first year, there will be no admission charge to Greenwood Rising. Visitors are advised to book ahead for tours on the website at greenwoodrising.org/visit.

Allison Herrera is a radio and print journalist who's worked for PRX's The World, Colorado Public Radio as the climate and environment editor and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk.
Hey! Did you enjoy this story? We can’t do it without you. We are member-supported, so your donation is critical to KOSU's news reporting and music programming. Help support the reporters, DJs and staff of the station you love.

Here's how:

Related Content