Dubbed America's "Black Wall Street" by Booker T. Washington, the 35-block Greenwood District surrounding the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street became a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 1900s. It was also a hotbed for jazz and blues, and the site where Count Basie first encountered big-band jazz.
When the tragic and devastating Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 destroyed much of the district, the black community rebuilt from the ashes. Today, the Greenwood Historical District showcases its heritage through the Greenwood Cultural Center and the Mabel B. Little Heritage House.
A tour of historic Greenwood should begin at the Greenwood Cultural Center. The center was expanded in the 1995 and has become the cornerstone of revitalization efforts in the historic district. One of the building's most valuable contributions is an impressive collection of historic memorabilia and photos from before, during and after the 1921 race massacre that gives visitors a glimpse of Greenwood's painful but resilient history.