Economy & Politics

Tulsa Massacre: How Black Wall Street Was Destroyed

It was a golden age for Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cinemas, pharmacies, hairdressers, shops and a vibrant community made up the district in the 1920s. Most of the houses were made of bricks, and a tram ran through the neighborhood. The people of Greenwood lived good lives, went about their business, got some wealth. Actually a normal picture in many regions of the USA at this time. But there was one difference: Greenwood was a mostly black neighborhood – and prosperity was something that was mostly whites at the time.

Greenwood, on the other hand, was so wealthy that residents named their district Black Wall Street. Nowhere in

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