Black Wall Street Gallery

Mission


Black Wall Street Gallery focuses on building better relationships primarily between black and white citizens of Tulsa.

We use the arts, theater and education to bring people together in conciliatory discussions, events and activities that create more opportunities for dialogue and ultimately greater cultural, experiential understanding.

Through the arts, music, theater and education, we build connections for long-term relational change among the black and white populations in support of the social justice movement.

Fostering relationships through these initiatives will help Tulsa become a progressive world-class city, affect positive social change, and build community.

We value the arts because they welcome all perspectives and weaken social, cultural and political barriers, thereby disrupting the status quo of racial inequity within our community.

History

We are here to address our history and build our future. As the city of Tulsa prepares to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the significant history of Black Wall Street has been lost to the trauma and decades long institutional cover-up of the massacre.

Greenwood was a haven of black entrepreneurship for almost two decades prior to the massacre, during which the area was looted and decimated. It was quickly rebuilt in spite of legislative and zoning barriers. For the next three decades, Greenwood continued providing opportunities for business and home ownership given that the money circulated in the area 100 times before leaving.

Black Wall Street Gallery was intentionally opened on Greenwood because this very intersection was, and still is, the heart of Black Wall Street. We are here as a physical and symbolic reminder of the possibility of conciliation and social equity for our city.


Our impact is greater through the support of community donors. If you are interested in donating to Black Wall Street…