Remember & Rise: Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Events

2021 marks 100 years since the tragic violence that forever changed Tulsa’s Greenwood District, home to America’s Black Wall Street. Join the centennial remembrance this year with numerous events both memorializing the past and celebrating Greenwood's bright future.

Local artist Chris "Sker" Rogers envisioned a new mural that artist Donald "Scribe" Ross painted on the Greenwood Cultural Center wall in the summer of 2018.
Photo Credit: Lori Duckworth/Oklahoma Tourism

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The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre was one of the worst massacres in US history, claiming hundreds of lives and reducing Greenwood District's 40 square blocks of prosperous, Black-owned businesses, newspapers, artistic venues and churches to rubble.

This devastating event has only recently been acknowledged on a national level, but museums and organizations like Greenwood Rising and the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission are ensuring Greenwood’s history is never forgotten while breathing new life into this historic area. A century later, Greenwood has been redefined as a dynamic place of reconciliation, history, art and culture for new generations.

Below, you’ll find a list of centennial events honoring Greenwood’s past while celebrating the neighborhood’s flourishing present.

Symposiums and Panels

May 26-May 29 – John Hope Franklin National Symposium

June 2 – OKPOP Foundation presents: Bitter Root Comic Panel

June 12 – Tulsa Race Massacre Roundtable

Performings Arts Events

May 7 – Tulsa Chorale presents: The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace

May 8-16 – Theatre North presents: Greenwood - An American Dream Destroyed

May 21 – Greenwood Cultural Center presents: 1921 Black Wall Street - An Artistic Reflection

June 6 – Tulsa Symphony Orchestra presents: All Rise

June 3-13 – World Stage Theatre Company presents: Tulsa 21! Black Wall Street

June 12-14 – Greenwood Film Festival


May 28 – Dedication of Pathway to Hope

May 31 – Remember and Rise (Due to unexpected circumstances, the Remember and Rise ceremony has been cancelled.)

June 2 – Dedication of Greenwood Rising

Art Exhibits

March 14-September 5 – "From the Limitations of Now"

March 14-September 5 – "Views of Greenwood"

May 1-July 31 – "Love & Harmony Oklahoma"

May 6-August 9 – "We Believed in the Sun"

May 22-June 30 – The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at The Gathering Place and Greenwood Cultural Center

May 27-August 31 – Crystal Z Campbell: Flight

Other Events

June 17-19 – Tulsa Juneteenth

June 18 – Black Wall Street Ride Celebration

June 19 – Juneteenth on the East

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