There was an abundance of highly educated and wealthy black doctors, lawyers, oil men, business owners and entrepreneurs who actually controlled their own destines in a society that prevented them from venturing into other parts of the city or state. Jim Crow Laws made it against the law for blacks to go into other parts of the city, except to work for a white family or business. Curfew laws were set up and strictly enforced. However, something fascinating began to happen . . . A large percentage of the Black Dollar remained and circulated throughout the Black Community. There were at least ten black millionaires (six owned private airplanes) in 1921. There were doctors, lawyers, schools, churches, hotels, general stores, feed and grain stores, livery stables, real estate companies, oil companies, restaurants, nightclubs, hospitals, a bank, cab companies, a bus line, even a 700-seat movie theater. The KKK and high city officials intentionally and systematically destroyed this Major Black Economic Movement. The entire Black Community was "bombed from the air and burned to the ground in 1921."
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Allow me to commend you for the research and writing of this vital segment of Oklahoma history. This is certainly a complement to the African Americans of Black Wallstreet who strived for independence and displayed their rich heritage. It is through your diligent efforts that Black Wallstreet will be brought to the attention of all Americans! ( David Walters, former Governor of Oklahoma)
You are to be commended for bringing this virtually lost and untold history to the attention of the public. It is through writings such as this, that our African American youth in Atlanta and nationwide will develop a new pride in their heritage! (Maynard Jackson, former Atlanta Mayor)
We applaud your efforts to plant positive seeds in the minds of our children and Americans, specifically African Americans who are unaware of the history of Black Wallstreet. The history of that prosperous community nearly a century ago, which supported each other morally and economically, is one which should be a source of much pride and inspiration for today's audiences. Bringing this history to light is also a reminder to all of us who love freedom and human dignity to remain vigilant against bigotry, recognizing that all forms of prejudice can destroy the very fabric of our society! (Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York)