Black Wall Street

Kolongi Brathwaite
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  • Open Edition
  • Giclee on Paper or Offset Lithograph
  • Measures 26x38 inches (paper size) and 24x36 inches (image size).
  • Historical Theme
  • Inspired by the story of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma

A powerful work of art by Barbados artist Kolongi Brathwaite serves as a tribute to the Black Wall Street Community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This community was devastated and destroyed by racial violence during a horrific event that became known as "The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921".  

Black Wall Street was an area located in Tulsa, Oklahoma's Greenwood District and one was one of the most prosperous African American communities in the country. It was said a "dollar" circulated in the community 36 to 100 times before leaving the community.  The “modern, majestic, sophisticated, and unapologetically black” community boasted of “banks, hotels, cafés, clothiers, movie theaters, and contemporary homes.”

All of this ended after the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. It has become known as single worst incident of racial violence in United States history. 300 people died, 800 were injured and over 8,000 people were left homeless. The unprecedented racial violence left this prosperous African American community with over 32 million dollars worth of property damage in current day value. This poster serves a tribute to their legacy and makes sure we never forget about the atrocities our people suffered in Tulsa.

Measures 24x36 inches (paper size) and 24x36 inches (image size).

The text on the work of art reads:

In the heartland of America there once was a Black community paradise more than 600 businesses strong. Among these were 21 churches, 36 restaurants, 41 grocery stores, libraries, schools, law offices, a hospital, a bank, a post office, six privately owned airplanes, a bus system, and 2 movie theatres all within a 36 block radius. The year was 1921 in Greenwood, Tulsa Oklahoma aka Black Wall Street.

Edition Open Edition
Framed Available framed or unframed
Height 26 inches
Length 38 inches
Medium Paper
Signed Unsigned
SKU kolongi-blackwallstreet
Year Released 2021
Kolongi Brathwaite

Kolongi Brathwaite

Kolongi is an internationally recognized artist who emigrated from Barbados with the goal of establishing himself as a leading figure in the art world. His work, primarily focused on original artwork and prints, explores the rich heritage and culture of the African American experience, covering subjects such as family, spirituality, and the black experience. Kolongi is self-taught and uses oils on canvas to convey his messages, with the ultimate motivation of projecting positive images and educating people about the greatness of African culture.

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