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Black Wall Street

From Riot To Renaissance in Tulsa's

Historic Greenwood District

By Hannibal B. Johnson

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Early in the Twentieth Century, the Black community in Tulsa--the "Greenwood District"--became a nationally-renowned entrepreneurial center. Frequently referred to as "The Black Wall Street of America," the Greenwood District attracted pioneers from all over America who sought new opportunities and fresh challenges. Legal segregation forced blacks to do business among themselves. The Greenwood District prospered as dollars circulated within the black community. But fear and jealousy swelled in the greater Tulsa commun