Dark Wall Street is paying homage to the iconic “Black Wall Street” of Tulsa, Oklahoma. By the 1920s
Due to segregation, blacks developed and supported their own businesses, which flourished and created one of the most prosperous African American communities in the country. Hundreds of black-owned businesses lined Greenwood Avenue until June 1, 1921 when the deadliest race riot in US history lead to the destruction of these businesses, claiming the lives of as many as 300 African Americans and leaving over 9,000 homeless.
Remaining Black Tulsans rebuilt Greenwood without assistance from the state, and by 1942, Greenwood saw a resurgence of more than 240 businesses. Official Black Wall Street represents the rebirth of our most prosperous African American communities. You can learn more about the rise and fall of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street here.
BLACK WALL STREET HAD OVER 600 BUSINESSES
30 GROCERY STORES
2 MOVIE THEATRE
6 PRIVATE AIRPLANES
BLACK SCHOOL SYSTEM