Remembering The History and Prosperity of Black Wall Street

Tulsa, Oklahoma., was destroyed by a white mob 100 years ago, on May 31, 1921. The catastrophic attack on what was known as Black Wall Street might be the worst single episode of racial violence in American history, with 35 city blocks of Black community destroyed and flattened.

In the late 1820s and early 1830s, when members of the Cherokee Nation embarked on their now-infamous “Trail of Tears”, their forced dispossession from the lands in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee that Cherokee people had called home for millennia, they were not alone.

A small number of these tribal members brought with them enslaved Black women and men, who helped ease their burden, performing physical labour and other tasks.


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