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silver and photographic gelatin on paper (fiber product)
H x W (Image and sheet): 2 1/8 × 3 7/8 in. (5.4 × 9.8 cm)
H x W (Board): 8 × 12 in. (20.3 × 30.5 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States, North and Central America
On May 31 and June 1, 1921, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, mobs of white residents brutally attacked the African American community of Greenwood, colloquially known as "Black Wall Street," in the deadliest racial massacre in U.S. history. Homes, businesses, and community structures including schools, churches, a hospital, and the library were looted and burned or otherwise destroyed. Exact statistics are unknown, but the violence left around 10,000 people homeless and as many as 300 people dead with many more missing and wounded.
A black-and-white photograph of the destroyed Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma after the Tulsa Race Massacre. In the foreground is a stone foundation littered with and surrounded by ash. The background features remnants of building façades. There is loss at the left edge and lower left corner of the photograph. The photograph is fused to cardstock along with objects 2019.95.8, 2019.95.9, and 2019.95.10.
African American  Search this
Communities  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Race riots  Search this
Tulsa Race Massacre  Search this
U.S. History, 1919-1933  Search this
Violence  Search this
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cassandra P. Johnson Smith
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Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture