National Register Nomination

Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 Historic District

Greenwood Avenue

The City of Tulsa is working with the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to complete a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the 1921 Race Riot, including the historic Greenwood business district.

If accepted by the National Park Service, this district will be listed at the National level of significance for African American heritage and for the 1921 Race Riot. The district will be listed at the local level of significance for community planning and development and for Greenwood's African American heritage as Black Wall Street.

The National Register nomination process is a straightforward, standardized procedure but it does involve many steps. (Technical requirements for listing)

A public informational meeting will be held on July 31, 2012. City of Tulsa and SHPO representatives will conduct the meeting and answer questions from property owners and the public. On August 9, 2012 the Tulsa Preservation Commission will consider the nomination at their public meeting. Following this meeting, the City of Tulsa will provide SHPO with a report indicating the TPC's and Mayor's opinions on the nomination. On October 18, 2012 the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Review Committee will consider the nomination at its public meeting in Oklahoma City. (Schedule of the complete Nomination process)

NAME CHANGE: Based on input from the public meeting held July 31, 2012 at the Greenwood Cultural Center, the draft Greenwood Historic District National Register of Historic Places nomination shall be renamed the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. The changes will be made throughout the document after the review by the TPC and HPRC is complete.

UPDATE: The Tulsa Preservation Commission found the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and voted On August 9, 2012 to forward that recommendation to the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office. Any official comments or objections from this point forward should be sent directly to the OK/SHPO.

All affected property owners will be notified of these meetings by certified mail. All meetings are open to the public and all stakeholders are welcome to attend.

UPCOMING MEETINGS
Jul 31
 
 
Public Informational Meeting
6:00-7:00pm
 
Greenwood Cultural Center
322 N. Greenwood Avenue, Tulsa, OK
 
Aug 9
 
 
Tulsa Preservation Commission
Regular Meeting
11:00am-12:30pm
City Hall, 10th Floor North Conf. Room
175 East 2nd Street, Tulsa, OK
 
Oct 18
 
 
State Historic Preservation
Review Committee
1:30-3:30pm
Leroy H. Fischer Boardroom
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, OKC, OK

For more information on the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 National Register nomination, please contact Lynda Ozan at 405-522-4478.