2021 will mark the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots. In an effort to tell the stories of the Black men and women who helped build Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood, and to honor the rich legacy that was eventually destroyed, the city will open a new state-of-the-art museum.
Greenwood Rising officially broke ground this past August and it is slated to open in the summer of 2021.
“Who would have thought racial healing would happen in OK?” Phil Armstrong, project director of Greenwood Rising said in a statement. “Yet here we are. It’s happening!”
The museum will give guests an interactive, yet powerful look into the stories of men and women who created Black Wall Street. From recorded conversations from the area’s Black business owners to minute-by-minute accounts of the riots.
Its intention is set to really tell the real story of Greenwood, in a positive way.
While it is still very early in the construction process, Tulsa is preparing for this center to be a major attraction, especially ahead of the 100th anniversary. So much so, hotels are blocking off rooms for those who plan to travel for the museum’s opening.
To learn more about this project and to get updates, you can visit: www.tulsa2021.org/rising.