• Tulsa Race Riot account going to D.C.

    By: Lynn Casey


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • B.C. Franklin's account of the Tulsa Race Riot is going to the Smithsonian.
    • Many historians say that period is the lowest point for race relations in the United States.
    • Now, 95 years later, the event is making its way into mainstream history texts.



    After 95 years, a handwritten account of the Tulsa Race Riot was donated to a national museum.

    Author and attorney Hannibal Johnson said the recent donation of B.C. Franklin's firsthand account of the destruction to the Smithsonian means more people will learn about the event.

    He said many historians call that period of time the lowest point for race relations in the United States, making the very existence of Black Wall Street in the Greenwood District worth inclusion in mainstream accounts of history.

    Americans have been working to include the riot in textbooks for years.

    Johnson said shame and an attempt to avoid accountability likely led to the omissions from history books.

    He said the value from its inclusion is worth the efforts to have it heard nearly a century later.

    The B.C. Franklin manuscript will be on display at the African American History Museum in Washington, D.C.


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