This Day in History

The Tulsa Race Massacre began on May 31, 1921, when mobs of white residents, some deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This affluent black community, known as “Black Wall Street,” was burned to the ground, resulting in the deaths of up to 300 African Americans and the destruction of a thriving community. The massacre remained one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history and was largely omitted from history books until the late 20th century. Its remembrance is crucial for acknowledging the legacy of racial injustice and the resilience of the black community.