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Greenwood District leaders respond to the president's possible visit to Black Wall Street

Posted at 7:25 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 18:30:37-04

TULSA, Okla. — Within a rocks throw of the BOK Center, the site of President Trump's upcoming rally, sits Black Wall Street.

This year race is one of the biggest issues during the presidential campaign.

According to the Tulsa World, Governor Stitt asked the president to tour Black Wall Street, which was burned down during the 1921 Race Massacre.

However, some in the community like Pastor Robert Turner, are not ready to welcome the president with open arms.

Turner said the possible visit is bad timing because of the annual Juneteenth celebration.

"This weekend is going to be filled with festivities." Turner said. "So we’re going to have a lot of events going on. So for the president to come, that would basically shut down everything that we’re trying to do.”

Turner said other than the timing, he is not fully against the possible visit. He wants President Trump to learn about the history of Black Wall Street.

“If he does come, that he leaves this place with a sense of awe and respect for the people of this community," Turner said.

Wednesday afternoon the Tulsa World reported that Gov. Stitt and Sen. Lankford both urged the president NOT to make the visit to avoid interfering with Juneteenth celebrations.

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