• Oklahoma receives national Historic Places listing for Tulsa Massacre site

    By: Ryan Love


    TULSA, Okla. - The Oklahoma Historical Society announced Thursday the State of Oklahoma received a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Vernon A. M. E. Church will be recognized in the national list for the area's role in the nation's history.

    The Tulsa Massacre of 1921 adds the Greenwood area of Tulsa where the church is located known as Black Wall Street to the nation's official list of properties significant in its past.

    The National Park Service said in 2005 that the Tulsa Massacre was an event of “supreme national significance, perhaps the most significant race riot in the history of the United States.”

    The 1921 attack on the Greenwood area by white Tulsans left many of the historic resources in the area destroyed.

    Reconstruction of the area left many other resources destroyed in the 1970s.

    Located in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Vernon A. M. E. Church is significant at the state level for its role in understanding race relations in the United States under legal segregation; in community planning and development for its representation of the initiation and growth of a segregated community within the city of Tulsa as well as reconstruction after the 1921 massacre; and in social history for its depiction of racial intolerance against African Americans." 


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