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Preserving Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District

65th Anniversary: A blast from the past
Posted: 6:54 PM, Dec 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-10 19:54:24-05

TULSA — This year marks the 65th anniversary of Channel 2.

To celebrate, we're looking back at some of our favorite stories from the past.

In 1979, the push to preserve Tulsa's historic Greenwood district was just beginning.

Longtime resident Milt Goodwin walked our reporter down Greenwood, reminiscing about the businesses that filled the area in the years after the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Many of the businesses cleared out, and urban renewal took the houses that used to be in the area.

In 1979, Goodwin and others hoped to see a rebirth of Greenwood. The City of Tulsa committed $50,000 at the time to help.

Now, with the 100th anniversary of the Race Massacre approaching in 2021, there’s new momentum to restore and revitalize the area.

In January 2019, Tulsa was selected as the winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge.

The result is the Greenwood Art Project, which aims to unite artists, community, and business in a way that brings awareness of Greenwood’s history, including the 1921 Race Massacre, and the once-thriving Black Wall Street.

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