Photograph of African Americans being detained during the Tulsa Race Massacre

Created by
Unidentified
Date
1921
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions
H x W (Image and sheet): 4 1/2 × 3 3/4 in. (11.4 × 9.5 cm)
H x W (Board): 8 × 12 in. (20.3 × 30.5 cm)
Caption
On May 31 and June 1, 1921, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, mobs of white residents brutally attacked the African American community of Greenwood, colloquially known as "Black Wall Street," in the deadliest racial massacre in U.S. history. Amidst the violence, both white rioters and the Oklahoma National Guard rounded up black residents of Greenwood and forced them to detention centers. More than 6,000 African Americans were interned at the Convention Hall, the Tulsa County Fairgrounds, and the baseball stadium McNulty Park. Some were held for as long as eight days.
Description
A black-and-white photograph of a column of African American men with hands raised in surrender, being led into a building. A crowd of white men, several wielding long guns, stand on either side. The photograph is bent at top left corner and fused to cardstock along with objects 2019.95.3, 2019.95.5, and 2019.95.6.
Place depicted
Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
gelatin silver prints
Topic
Communities
Race relations
Race riots
Tulsa Race Massacre
U.S. History, 1919-1933
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cassandra P. Johnson Smith
Object number
2019.95.4
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd548c8d283-6418-4560-85b5-e000c0c50e4e
3 image(s)