“Black Wall Street ” The name fittingly given to one of the most affluent All-BLACK Communities in America, was bombed from the air & Burned to the ground by mobs of envious Whites. In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving Black Business District in northern Tulsa lay smoldering — a model Community destroyed & a major African-American economic movement resoundingly defused. The Night’s Carnage left some 3,000 African Americans Dead & over 600 Successful Businesses Lost.Among these were 21 Churches, 21 Restaurants, 30 Grocery Stores & 2 Movie Theaters, plus A Hospital, A Bank, a Post Office, Libraries, Schools, Law Offices, a half dozen Private Airplanes & even A Bus System.
As could have been expected, the impetus behind it all was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with
Ranking City Officials & many other Sympathizers. The best description of BLACK WALL STREET, or Little Africa as it was moreover known, would be to compare it to a mini — Berverly Hills. It was the golden door of the BLACK Community during the early 1900’s, & it proved that African Americans
could create a successful infrastructure.
As Far As Resources, there were Ph.D.’s residing in Little Africa, BLACK Attorneys & Doctors. One Doctor was Dr. Berry who owned the Bus System. His average income was $500 a Day, a hefty pocket alter in 1910. It was a time when the entire State of Oklahoma had only 2 Airports, yet 6 BLACKS, Owned their own Planes. It was a very Fascinating Community.
The mainstay of the Community was to educate every child.