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Greenwood, Oklahoma, the "Black Wall Street" Pop-up Exhibit, Saturday, August 13, 1 to 3 p.m.

Rebecca Jimerson presents a pop-up exhibit with artifacts from the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce on Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Known as 'Black Wall Street in the early 20th century, Tulsa's Greenwood District was home to one of the US's most prominent concentrations of African-American businesses. White rioters looted the area between May 31 and June 1, 1921. Historians estimate about 300 people were killed, over 800 were treated for injuries, and thousands were left homeless, according to the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum. Today Black Tulsans have once again reclaimed a piece of Greenwood.

Artifacts include:

  • a 1920s Remington Portable Typewriter used during the 1921 Massacre; 
  • a Tulsa Star Newspaper; 
  • a 1921 Gospel Hymn book, which belonged to Wilhelmina Latimer member of Mount Zion Baptist Church; destroyed in the massacre;
  • a charred picture of two unknown Black Men found in the debris;
  • a straightening comb from The Little Rose Beauty Salon and Shoeshine;
  • a box from Pressley Shine and other objects.

Rebecca Jimerson is an actress, playwright, and cultural storyteller. Rebecca attended the University of Southern California, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and Therapon University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Ph.D. in Organization Leadership. 

Keene Chautauqua is a joint program of the Keene Public Library and Horatio Colony House Museum. Keene Chautauqua is funded by the Friends of the Keene Public Library with a generous American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grant for Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. For more information about the Chautauqua programs, contact the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157.

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