The National Archives at Kansas City will screen the documentary “The Night Tulsa Burned” at 6:30 p.m. April 21. Post-film discussion will be led by Dr. Shawn Alexander of the University of Kansas, and a free light reception will precede the film at 6 p.m.
Tulsa's Greenwood district is the site of one of the most devastating race disturbances in the history of the United States. Before May 31, 1921, Tulsa's black business district known as Greenwood flourished in spite of segregation. It was dubbed the "Black Wall Street," Greenwood was an economic powerhouse. After May 31, 1921, Greenwood would never be the same. The tension mounted between the black and white communities over an incident that allegedly occurred in an elevator at Drexel building in downtown Tulsa involving a 17-year-old white elevator operator and a 19-year-old black man. There are several versions of what supposedly transpired and the incident was escalated by a local newspaper headline, "Nab Negro for Attacking Girl in Elevator." Armed white men looted, burned and destroyed the black community. Following the Tulsa Race Riot, the Red Cross estimates more than 300 people were killed and approximately 1,200 homes were destroyed.
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