John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park

321 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK 74103

John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park

321 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK 74103
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The John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park is dedicated to Black Americans in Tulsa - from their harrowing journey to the United States to the civil rights era. National Geographic article named this site one of the most important monuments in the nation.

Built as part of the 2001 Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, Reconciliation Park memorializes the history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The park's namesake was a civil rights leader who promoted this often forgotten history. 300 people died and many more were injured in acts of senseless violence in the city's thriving Black neighborhood.

Hope Plaza is comprised of a 16-foot granite structure that holds three bronze sculptures, each showing a different stage of the Race Massacre. "Hostility" depicts a white man holding two shot guns, "Humiliation" displays a black man with his hands raised above his head and "Hope" shows the white director of the Red Cross holding a black baby.

All statues were created by Ed Dwight, an artist and the first black astronaut candidate in the US. Each representation was taken from an actual photo from 1921 and has been recreated to be larger than life. The center piece of the park called the Tower of Reconciliation is 25-feet tall. Visitors will encounter various parts of black history, including slaves' migration on the Trail of Tears, the Battle of Honey Springs, statehood, the founding of Oklahoma's All-Black towns and prominent Black Tulsa leaders.




Sunday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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