Greenwood business district named to National Register of Historic Places

TULSA, Okla. — The Greenwood business district has been named to the National Register of Historic Places, Greenwood chamber officials announced Friday.

Nearly erased by the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and again by Interstate 244, the Greenwood Business District helped provide a foundation for African American resilience and success, the Greenwood chamber said in a press release.

The business district has more than 30 black businesses. 

“In light of this great news, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce is confident that this business district will be preserved and forever be known as Deep Greenwood, Black WallStreet, and/or Little Africa of the Midwest” said Dr. Freeman Culver, president of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the second oldest African American Chamber of Commerce in the United States mission is to advocate and support minority-owned businesses in Tulsa and preserve the last brick buildings on Greenwood Avenue.