Memorial Day weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the most deadly acts of race-based violence in American history. Despite the massacre’s tragic significance this piece of American history was nearly forgotten. The events that surrounded Tulsa’s Black Wall Street served to honor the victims of the massacre and their descendants. The events which included music festivals, art installations, and symposiums not only helped bring the massacre back into the collective conscious but was also a celebration of Black pride.

Black Pride was on full display throughout Tulsa the entire weekend.

The weekend officially kicked off with a parade featuring local marching bands and classic automobiles.

Over a hundred members of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club took part in the Legacy Fest parade.

Roland Martin holds court at the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival.
Vernon A.M.E Church, which sits at the heart of the festival, was under high security, this weekend.

The local chapter of the Black Panthers appeared in full force as rumor of a potential active shooter spread. All the events continued peacefully despite the concern.

Police in full riot gear also arrived Saturday afternoon. It was unclear if they were there as a result of the rumored active shooter or the Black Panthers.

The Black Wall Street Art Gallery displayed the work of local artists and hosted a number of events during the weekend.

Art by Thomas Lockhart.
Bobby Eaton Sr., a Black Wall Street icon, was never hard to find as he held court throughout the weekend telling the history of Black Wall Street.
Local artist EMANI performing at the Black Wall Street Art Gallery.
Queen Alexander, owner of the Greenwood Art Gallery.