Black Wall Street
- Open Edition
- Giclee on Paper
- A Tribute to Black Wall Street
- African American Art
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.
Kolongi BraithwaiteKolongi emigrated from Barbados with a single purpose to establish himself as an international artist, with the chief focus on original artwork and prints. Kolongi's work emphasizes the compelling heritage and culture of the African American experience. Kolongi’s interest in art started at an early age. At eight years of age Kolongi was awarded first prize in a country wide Barbadian competition. Self taught without the benefit of traditional teachers, Kolongi has forged his own style for which he continues to receive international recognition. The diverse subject matter of Kolongi's work includes Family, Culture, Spirituality and the Black Experience. Kolongi uses oils, on canvas to convey his messages. Kolongi’s motivation is to project positive images. In this way Kolongi contributes to the education of all people about the greatness of the African Culture. Kolongi's motto is “make wise use of your time
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