Black History Month: Revisiting the Ellis Walker Woods memorial at OSU-Tulsa

Black History Month: Revisiting the Ellis Walker Woods memorial at OSU-Tulsa
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TULSA, Okla. — In 2019, FOX23 introduced you to Captola Dunn who helped raise the money to build the Ellis Walker Woods memorial on OSU-Tulsa’s campus.

The memorial honors Ellis Walker Woods who was the son of a Mississippi sharecropper who reportedly walked from Tennessee to Oklahoma to become the first principal of Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School and led the students through challenging times -- including the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Dunn’s husband Edgar had the idea in the 1980s to build the memorial on the OSU Tulsa campus where the first Booker T. Washington High School stood.

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The memorial went on display in August after more than 30 years of Dunn’s work rallying donors to raise $200,000 and coordinating contractors to build the monument.

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Each of the monument’s pillars lists the names of students who attended Booker T. Washingon High School during Woods’ time as principal from 1913 through 1948.

FOX23′s Michelle Linn went with Dunn back to the monument one year after it began construction to see the finished product. See the moment TUESDAY on FOX23 News At 6.