How the Tulsa Race Massacre started and what did it cost.
The black community in Tulsa were very wealthy and lived in a part of town known as black wall street. Their wealth only amplified the hate of the white people living in Tulsa.
Racial Status in 1921 Tulsa
The girl said the Rowland had sexually harassed her in some way but never pressed charges on him.
What happened in the elevator?
An African American shoe shiner used an elevator in the Drexel Building operated by a white girl. When the elevators opened the girl screamed and Dick Rowland fled.
How it started.
Rowland was arrested and placed in jail. A mob of white people, most with guns, formed out side of the jail.
The Riot Begins.
A black man ended up grabbing a gun that a white man was holding, the gun went off and killed a white man causing the mob to turn violent.
From a Riot to a massacre.
The morning of June 1 white mobs entered black wall street and started looting houses, burning them down, and killing the people inside.
Once the rioting stopped, many business and houses were burned down and roughly 30 people had been killed. The damage to property was estimated 1.5-2 million dollars.
At the end
Attempts to try to make up for the treachery of the race riots were pushed down and dismissed. The black community and the survivors live this this story and the terrible image and words of what happened that day. All we can do is remember the story and do everything possible to make sure something like this cannot happen again.