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Black military and other doings in Oklahoma
FYI, for those folks in or near Oklahoma:
Jim Thorpe Park at Yale, OK, is hosting the 11th annual encampment for the Battle of Round Mountain on Feb 19-20. There will be both Confederate and Union encampments, and a discussion on the 1st Kansas Colored. Demonstration battles both days.
Fort Gibson, Ok Historic site has a new Black history interpreter. Omar Reed-who is doing portrayals of a fur trader, slave, freedman and 1st Kansas Colored soldier. He has been working there as a volunteer for several years, and is now a part of the state Hist. Soc. "initiative to expand the interpretation and promotion of the state's black heritage."
In the fall, there is to be a candlelight tour of Boley, Ok. to focus on Black history.
And, the state dept. of tourism is working on establishing a "Black Heritage Cultural Corridor to promote tourism linked to the state's Black history." (I'm reserving judgement on that one given the obvious economic connection-there's a real potential for "polishing" the facts.)
In Tulsa, the city has raised a memorial to the 1921 race riot, and named it the John Hope Franklin Greenwood Reconciliation Memorial and Museum. (Greenwood was the main street in the Tulsa Black "Wallstreet", prior to the riot. Apparently, it was given the name because Franklin's father was B.C. Franklin who was an attorney who lost his home and business in the riot and fires. For those who are unaware of the issue, for the last three-quarters of a century, it's been whitewashed (no pun intended) and passed off as only a few people hurt and killed. Survivors always claimed there were many, many more killed and buried in mass graves. Those sites are being excavated-and I think you can all guess the results. The area itself was amazing-it was extremely prosperous, having numbers of professional businesses, doctors, lawyers, an opera house, restaurants and banks.