May 30 to June 1 of 1921: A Black community was booming until it was burned to the ground
On May 30, 1921, rumors about an encounter between a black teenage boy and a white teenage girl began to circulate throughout the city of Tulsa. The boy was arrested and an investigation ensued. After an incendiary report in the Tulsa Tribune, African Americans who had confronted a white mob retreated to the Greenwood District, a wealthy and affluent black business community in Tulsa.
On June 1st, the entire district, known as Black Wall Street at the time, was burned by white rioters.
Watch this Vox explainer video to learn more about the Tulsa massacre:
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