Tulsa Historical Society’s New Exhibit Documents Destruction, Recovery After Race Massacre

Thursday, May 13th 2021, 6:07 pm
By: Emory Bryan

TULSA, Oklahoma -

The Tulsa Historical Society has opened a new exhibit on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, as the Centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre approaches at the end of the month.

The new exhibit brings together the highlights of what the Tulsa Historical Society has in their Race Massacre collection, which consists of about 600 items, mainly photographs and newspaper clippings, according the Exhibits Director Maggie Brown.

"We have a pretty detailed timeline of the race massacre in the middle of the exhibit, with many, many images of what happened in the massacre" said Brown.

Brown said she hoped the exhibit demonstrates the prosperity of Greenwood before 1921, and after it was rebuilt, and also the despair of people who lost everything.

The Historical Society's collection is largely items donated to them through the years, and a few Race Massacre items are still coming in. They believe there are more items out there in attics, and family estates. The Red Cross recently donated some records, providing one of the more complete and documented account of the recovery effort.

The entire Race Massacre collection that's summarized in the exhibit is also online HERE.