Black Wall Street Heritage Parade remembers the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

The Black Wall Street Heritage Parade walked through the Greenwood District, starting from the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa (OSU-Tulsa) parking lot and finishing atGeorge Washington Carver Middle School. Organizations participated with floats in recognition of black history, and individuals represented iconic people from Tulsa’s past. 

Several floats and groups gather together at the OSU-Tulsa parking lot in downtown Tulsa in preparation for the parade. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.
Sharmin Hooks-West dressed as the late Loula Williams, a co-owner of Dreamland Theatre and an entrepreneur from historic Greenwood. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.
Parade participants highlighted African-American history and recognized history makers with banners. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.
Vendors sold clothing, jewelry, and other collectibles along the parade route on Greenwood. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.
Booker T. Washington High School band marched through the Greenwood District alongside floats and other parade participants. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.
Mayor Lelia Foley-Davis (r) of Taft, Okla. joined Victoria Turner, Miss Black Tulsa 2019, in The Black Wall Street Heritage Parade. Mayor Davis is the nation’s first African American female mayor. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.
The Buffalo Soldiers, a national group of African American motorcycle riders, traveled from across the country to recognize the centennial of the race massacre. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.
Mary Williams, director and organizer of the parade, and founder of Color Me True Destiny Programs, announced the participation of historical figures and other entries in the Black Wall Street Heritage Parade. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.
While some spectators watched the parade, others danced to music played during the event. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.