Black Wall St.

We’re on the road again. Tonight, finds us in Tulsa, OK, heading west to California via Route 66. Today’s ride was a pretty easy six-hour drive. We didn’t have to get up super early, but till arrived by midafternoon. We’re staying the night in the downtown Courtyard by Marriot, a thoroughly modern hotel that is housed in the historic Atlas Life Building. After checking-in, we proceeded to explore. We checked out the nearby Blue Dome district, so named for a distinctive building housed beneath a blue dome. Adjoining downtown proper, it is mainly populated with restaurants and bars. After that we headed on to the Greenwood district, so called Black Wall St. Back in the early part of the 20th-century it was a prosperous and wealthy African-American community, until it was attacked and destroyed by a white mob in 1921. The whereabouts of the bodies of upwards of 300 people are still unknown. Greenwood was completely destroyed in the riot, leaving 10,000 people homeless. Hushed up and swept under the rug for a hundred years the story of this massacre is only now coming to light. A new Black Wall St. History Center is now under construction, but until it opens the pictured mural is probably the best remembrance of the events that occurred back then. Speaking of murals, Tulsa seems to be in love with murals. Many of its red brick buildings are decorated with them. After our walking tour, we hunted up a restaurant for dinner. We found an open-air place called McNellie’s Courtyard. Our first sit-down dinner in a restaurant in as long as I can remember. It was warm, in the mid-eighties, but with a strong breeze and low humidity it was still quite pleasant. I ordered salmon with a side of roasted green beans. Anne ordered a spinach salad with a vinaigrette dressing. We swapped plates halfway through. I also ordered a beer and got to keep the glass as a souvenir. After this sumptuous meal we waddled back to our hotel room for the night, because tomorrow is another day.

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