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