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Black Wall Street memorial, mural covered to keep from being used as photo op

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 22:50:23-04

TULSA — Members of the Greenwood District community covered the Black Wall Street Memorial on Saturday to prevent the Trump administration from using it as a photo backdrop.

The Black Wall Street Memorial serves as the unofficial headstone for the hundreds of black Tulsans who were killed during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

READ MORE:99 years later: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

My great-grandmother ran for her life from the white mob that leveled our community. She suppressed those memories until shortly before her beautiful life came to an end, and I will not stand for the desecration of this monument which honors hers and thousands of others of our ancestors memories.
Dr. Tiffany Crutcher | Founder and Executive Director of the Terrence Crutcher Foundation

A sign on the memorial reads, "This is a memorial, not a photo op."

Others in the community are covering the large "Black Wall Street" mural in the Greenwood District.

Signs on top of the the mural read, "This is not a photo op, Mr. President." and "This is sacred ground!"

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