Much of what we know about the 1921 Tulsa Race (Riot) Massacre springs from historical records, documents, artifacts, and personal accounts of survivors. The lives of those connected to 1921 speak beyond the atrocities of what took place during the Tulsa Race Massacre. There are also pioneers who established a presence within Tulsa’s Greenwood District and contributed to the vitality of Black Wall Street of 1921 and beyond.
Reading of Historical Documents
When reading historical sources, such as magazines and newspapers, readers have the opportunity to examine the cultural activities that were going on in the contemporary periods in which the publication occurred, so readers should review other stories in the same publication that help provide context to the values and events that influenced thinking and behavior. The details provided within the stories also give helpful information to know specific names, time frames, and locations to compare other accounts of similar stories or events.
Sample documents show how historical documents give context to the times of Greenwood as a community influenced by the broader Tulsa, Oklahoma, setting.