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Black Wall Street

Once upon a time in American, in the year 1921, there was a Black paradise.
  • What Performance PAC Series Event student featured Performing Arts
  • When Jan 05, 2013 from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM (UTC / UTC0)
  • Where Performing Arts Center
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It was a small Black community in Tulsa Oklahoma called Greenwood. This community consisted of Blacks who fled the oppression of the South to carve themselves out a place in the Indian nation of Oklahoma. There they formed a peculiar society of Blacks, Indians, and Jews who respected and did business with each other. Some of these Blacks happened to settle on oil rich land and became incredibly wealthy--so wealthy in fact that the town soon became known as Black Wall Street.

In a mere 36 block section of town, these African-Americans owned and operated 600 thriving businesses. One of the most popular of these businesses was Old Lady Boleys’ eating establishment which is where our play begins. One Sunday evening the town’s more influential citizens gathered to have their pictures taken for the local newspaper in honor of the community’s 20th anniversary. Before the play ends, the entire community of Greenwood is completely burned to the ground in a 12 hour period, and a major Black economic movement is halted.

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