O.W. Gurley and 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre

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The 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre is this week and The Street looks back at O.W. Gurley, what he built and what he ultimately lost.

In 1921, Gurley founded the Greenwood District, or Black Wall Street, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was one of the most prosperous African-American communities in the country.

Gurley is credited with creating unprecedented economic prosperity for Tulsa's African-American community.

Later that year, the community went up flames following false accusations that a black man raped a white woman.  Three hundred people died and Gurley lost everything.

In 1926 W.E.B. DuBois, American historian and author returned to Tulsa.  He declared, "Tulsa is a happy city... Thank God for the grit of Black Tulsa".

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