Greenwood Rising History Center

Greenwood Rising History Center Opens

Jun 3, 2021


Yesterday marked the opening of the Greenwood Rising History Center.


The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Commission earmarked $20 million for the project, and its purpose is to educate visitors about the massacre.


The building has not been uncontroversial. Some public officials say they oppose the way the money was spent.


Phil Armstrong is the chair of the commission. He spoke at the opening ceremony to a crowd seated in folding chairs at the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street.

We're pleased to speak once again with the University of Michigan-based historian and bestselling author, Scott Ellsworth, whose books include "The Secret Game," "The World Beneath Their Feet," and "Death in a Promised Land," the last-named being his account of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, a pioneering text which first appeared in the 1980s. Originally from Tulsa, Ellsworth has just published an all-important follow-up to "Death in a Promised Land," which he tells us about.

Local Historian Speaks About Greenwood's History

May 18, 2021

A local historian gave a lesson to the Tulsa Regional Chamber about the history of Greenwood this morning.

Hannibal Johnson is the chair of the education committee for the Race Massacre Centennial Commission and the author of Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma. Johnson spoke about misconceptions he hears about Greenwood.

One is that Greenwood disappeared after the massacre.

Eric Williams / Courtesy John Legend

Recording artist John Legend will perform at ONEOK Field as part of a nationally televised remembrance ceremony marking the centennial anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, organizers announced Friday morning.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Oklahoma were noticeably impacted by two unique circumstances Monday.

"Every year, usually ... they have the marching groups. Next year, we'll be back with the walking groups, with the dancing groups," said Tulsa's MLK Day Parade emcee Rebecca Marks-Jimerson, doing color commentary for a livestream of the event. "But this year, because of the COVID, we are doing the social distancing. But we're making it happen for you."

John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma began a centennial remembrance Friday of a once-thriving African American neighborhood in Tulsa decimated by deadly white violence that has received growing recognition during America’s reckoning over police brutality and racial violence.


The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission has received a $1 million grant toward the Greenwood Rising commemorative center from Bank of America.

A portion of the grant is for construction costs, while the rest will go to related initiatives.

"We're going to help with educational programming, entrepreneurial programming, supplier diversity initiatives, I mean, anything and everything we can do to ultimately help bring this community back to where it originally was," said Bank of America Tulsa Market President Bill Lissau.

Brooke Allen

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission hosted a groundbreaking on Firday for the long-awaited Greenwood Rising History Center.

Tracy Gibbs, a descendant of the late survivor Ernestine Gibbs, said it’s good to see work begin, but the real groundbreaking started almost 100 years ago.


A history center being built by the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission has a new home.

After talks to build the Greenwood Rising History Center on the grounds of the Greenwood Cultural Center fell through earlier this month, the Centennial Commission announced Tuesday it will now go up on the southeast corner of Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street, the gateway to the Greenwood District.