Droves of Black Tulsans fled the burning city on foot May 31-June 1, 1921, during the Tulsa Race Massacre. One hundred years later, people of various races, ethnicities and backgrounds took the same path for “A Century Walk: 100 Years, 1921-2021.”
A part of the Greenwood Art Project, the walk was organized by L. Joi McCondichie, whose grandmother, Eldoris McCondichie, used the path to flee the Massacre’s destruction. Sketches of her and other Massacre survivors by artist Udonna Wallace were displayed at the walk’s starting point near the Osage Prairie Trail. Artist performances, pop-up shops and food stalls were planned at each mile along the nearly 6-mile route.
The walk was originally planned to start at North Greenwood Avenue and East Archer Street and go along the railroad tracks to 56th Street North, but President Joseph Biden’s visit to the Greenwood Cultural Center the same day moved the walk’s starting point. Similarly, airplanes displaying positive messages were planned to fly above walk participants, but the airspace was restricted for Air Force One. Joi McCondichie says the planes will fly overhead on Wednesday, June 2.
Ahead of the walk, a short program featured guest speakers including Johnny Ford, mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama, and other mayors representing the African American Mayors Association; and Geoffrey Standing Bear, principal chief of the Osage Nation.
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