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

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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."

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Black Wall Street Memorial covered in fear of being backdrop for Pres. Trump 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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Black Wall Street mural in Greenwood District being covered.
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Black Wall Street mural in Greenwood District being covered

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