The Victory of Greenwood: John and Loula Williams

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno Tulsa historian Scott Ellsworth’s Death in a Promised Land opens with the story of a young Bill Williams asking his father why they relocated from Mississippi to Oklahoma. “Well,” his father answered, “I came out to the Promised Land.” For black freedmen and young black men and women moving outContinue reading “The Victory of Greenwood: John and Loula Williams”

The Victory of Greenwood: O.W. Gurley

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno During his life, O.W. Gurley was an educator, a church founder, a presidential appointee, a general store owner, a hotel proprietor, a landlord, a deputy police officer, and most famously, the founder of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, OK. His vision of a prosperous black community would be destroyed twiceContinue reading “The Victory of Greenwood: O.W. Gurley”