Greenwood Rising commemorates the historic Greenwood District and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Visitors to the center explore the history of Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District and connect to the spirit of its Black citizens through an immersive journey that uses projection mapping, holographic effect and environmental media.
The experience begins with "Still We Rise," a video introducing visitors to the history of Greenwood as both a Black business mecca and site of racial violence. Created and directed by a Tulsa-based producer, the film features Greenwood community members.
Discover the roots of this historic neighborhood at "The Greenwood Spirit" area, with exhibits detailing the early placemaking of Greenwood, a projection-mapped film showing the building of Greenwood and a 1920s barbershop with holographic barbers who engage the visitors with the hopes, dreams and activities of folks in early Greenwood.
Visitors are then led to "The Arc of Oppression" area, which details the anti-Black landscape in America that led to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Learn about how systemic oppression of Black Americans is grounded in laws and customs, and rooted in social, political and economic systems. Projected onto multiple surfaces, environmental motion graphics immerse visitors in the destruction and violence of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre while they listen to the recorded memories of survivors.
See the aftermath of the Massacre in the "Changing Fortunes" area. Key moments in Greenwood’s history following the tragic event show how the community succeeded but also struggled to live through its legacy of historical racial trauma. Stories push and pull out from the wall, showing the constant duality of experiences.
"The Journey Toward Reconciliation" asks visitors to come together in the spirit of racial reconciliation and restorative justice to share hopes, fears and strategies for resilience. Greenwood Rising’s final area focuses on restorative justice and contemporary issues of anti-Blackness. Flexible media and graphics inform an environment designed for dialogue.
Visitors end their journey by making a personal and actionable commitment toward racial reconciliation. An LED brick activates upon submission, adding visitors’ voices to the community wall of past commitments, which extends into a display of grassroots donor plaques.