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Wednesday Round-Up: Tyler Lockett Explores History Of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre On 'NFL 360' 

The Tulsa, Okla. native explores the personal and historical impact of the fateful event that destroyed the thriving Greenwood District, once known as Black Wall Street. 


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Tyler Lockett Explores History Of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre On 'NFL 360'

Between May 31 and June 1, 1921, armed white mobs descended on the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a thriving African-American community that was referred to as "Black Wall Street," and virtually destroyed the entire area. Dozens of city blocks were burned down, more than 800 people were injured, and while reports at the time projected 36 casualties, historians now put that number closer to 300 — the majority of them Black people.

The events were sparked by reports of a young Black man, Dick Rowland, riding in an elevator with a white woman named Sarah Page. Rowland was arrested on May 31, leading to confrontations between Black and white mobs outside the courthouse — but the violent white mobs outnumbered the African Americans, who retreated to the Greenwood District. In the early morning hours of June 1, white rioters violently looted and burned the affluent business district. More than 1,200 homes were burned down, as well as many other Black-owned buildings and businesses.

None of the criminal acts from these events have ever been prosecuted or punished by law.

The Tulsa Race Massacre was unknown to many Americans until the death of George Floyd and ensuing protests around the country in 2020. As a Tulsa native himself, Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett is doing his part to make sure people know the significance of this fateful event. On Tuesday, Lockett was featured on NFL Network's 'NFL 360' to explore the historical and personal impact that the Tulsa Race Massacre had on his hometown.

Back in June 2021, Lockett marked the 100th anniversary of the massacre by teaming up with Fulton Street Books & Coffee, a Tulsa bookstore, to create a series of bookmarks with facts about Black history in Oklahoma on them. Lockett also wore a pair of cleats honoring Greenwood and Black Wall Street during pregame of the season finale against the Cardinals.

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