Black History Month: About O.W. Gurley

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TheStreet's Special Report: Black History, Wall Street & Beyond looks back at O.W. Gurley.

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 for 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".

W.E.B. DuBois Quote

TheStreet is taking this month to amplify voices from the African-American community that sometimes fall through the cracks.

Related: How to Break Diversity Barriers On Wall Street

The project is a thought-provoking series that highlights the history of African-Americans on Wall Street as well as shines a light on a way forward to a more inclusive financial hierarchy.  

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