Tulsa residents reflect on Race Riot

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2019-12-17 14:08:16-05

On Thursday afternoon, a group of residents took a tour of the Greenwood District to reflect on Tulsa's Race Riot.

It started at the Greenwood Cultural Center and ended at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

May 31 and June 1 of this year marked 95 years since parts of the historic area burned in a racially-motivated conflict.

The damaged area was called "Black Wall Street" where affluent African-Americans lived.

Leon Rollerson, a local musician and owner of Leon Rollerson Productions, organized the program with local leaders in order to reflect on how far the city has come since 1921.

His family owned businesses in the Greenwood District that were burned down.

Rollerson says it's a painful part of history, but one that shouldn't be forgotten.