9 Books Published by Eakins Press Foundation on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma by Hannibal B. Johnson Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma

by Hannibal B. Johnson
Eakins Press Foundation (Jul 20, 2020)
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Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples with its Historical Racial Trauma, endorsed by the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and the 400 Years of African American History Commission, furthers the educational mission of both bodies. The book offers updates on developments in Tulsa generally and in Tulsa’s Greenwood District specifically since the publication of my first book, Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District.

Black Wall Street 100 is a window into what distinguishes the Tulsa of today from the Tulsa of a century ago. Before peering through that porthole, we must first reflect on Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District in all its splendor and squalor, from the prodigious entrepreneurial spirit that pervaded it to the carnage that characterized the 1921 massacre to the post-massacre rebound and rebuilding that raised the District to new heights to the mid-twentieth-century decline that proved to be a second near-fatal blow to the current recalibration and rebranding of a resurgent, but differently configured, community.

Tulsa’s trajectory may be instructive for other communities, similarly seeking to address their own histories of racial trauma. Conversely, Tulsa may benefit from learning more about the paths taken by other communities. Through sharing and synergy, we stand a better chance of doing the work necessary to spur healing and move farther toward the reconciliation of which we so often speak.

Photo of the aftermath of Tulsa Race Massacre


Click for more detail about IncogNegro: Poetic Reflections of Race & Diversity in America by Hannibal B. Johnson IncogNegro: Poetic Reflections of Race & Diversity in America

by Hannibal B. Johnson
Eakins Press Foundation (May 17, 2019)
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IncogNegro recounts, poetically, stories of race and diversity. Listen. Listening breeds empathy and moves us closer to walking the proverbial mile in someone else’s shoes. Everything begins with a first step. Ultimately, each of us has a role, in fostering an inclusive community in which we all have the opportunity to thrive.


Click for more detail about No Place Like Home: A Story about an All-Black, All-American Town by Hannibal B. Johnson No Place Like Home: A Story about an All-Black, All-American Town

by Hannibal B. Johnson
Eakins Press Foundation (Sep 27, 2018)
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This story, set in 1920, revolves around Charles "Charlie" Jackson, a twelve-and-a-half-year-old from Boley, Oklahoma, one of America’s best-known all-Black towns. Today Boley, once a thriving black mecca, is smaller and more subdued. Still, signifi-cant historical footprints line her streets and alleys.


Click for more detail about ’O, Write My Name’ : American Portraits, Harlem Heroes by Carl Van Vechten ’O, Write My Name’ : American Portraits, Harlem Heroes

by Carl Van Vechten
Eakins Press Foundation (Feb 10, 2015)
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’O, Write My Name’: American Portraits, Harlem Heroes presents us with portraits of fifty extraordinary people who participated in the great cultural movement that was the Harlem Renaissance. This collection by the photographer, critic and novelist Carl Van Vechten is a celebration of these inimitable writers, actors, musicians, painters, athletes and intellectuals as well as an acknowledgment of their unprecedented contribution to American art and culture. Van Vechten s friendship with his subjects is reflected in the intimate nature of these portraits. With an insightful introduction by Darryl Pinckney, this book is an homage to the African American men and women from the Harlem Renaissance who continue to inspire generations.


Click for more detail about Acres of Aspiration: The All-Black Towns of Oklahoma by Hannibal B. Johnson Acres of Aspiration: The All-Black Towns of Oklahoma

by Hannibal B. Johnson
Eakins Press Foundation (Aug 01, 2007)
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Beulah Land. Paradise. Shangri-la. Oklahoma seemed to be all of these in the hostile, racist, post-Civil War South. Seeking both refuge and respect, pioneers such as Edward P. McCabe championed the idea of Oklahoma as an all-Black state. And all-Black towns proliferated there. Some sixty all-Black towns, along with Tulsa’s Greenwood District, bear witness to the deep creativity and incredible human spirit of the people who built them.


Click for more detail about Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District by Hannibal B. Johnson Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District

by Hannibal B. Johnson
Eakins Press Foundation (Aug 01, 2007)
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Early in the 20th century, the black community in Tulsa — the “Greenwood District” — became a nationally renowned entrepreneurial center. Frequently referred to as “The Black Wall Street of America,” the Greenwood District attracted pioneers from all over America who sought new opportunities and fresh challenges. Legal segregation forced blacks to do business among themselves. The Greenwood District prospered as dollars circulated within the black community. But fear and jealousy swelled in the greater Tulsa community.

Photo of the aftermath of Tulsa Race Massacre

The alleged assault of a white woman by a black man triggered unprecedented civil unrest. The worst riot in American history, the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, destroyed people, property, hopes, and dreams. The Greenwood District burned to the ground, only to be rebuilt from the ashes, bigger and better than ever. By 1942, some 242 businesses call the Greenwood District home. Having experienced decline in the ’60s — early ’80s, the area is now poised for yet another renaissance.


Click for more detail about Up from the Ashes: A Story about Building Community by Hannibal B. Johnson Up from the Ashes: A Story about Building Community

by Hannibal B. Johnson
Eakins Press Foundation (Mar 01, 2007)
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Tells the story of the Greenwood community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, its destruction in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, and its rebuilding.


Click for more detail about Riot on Greenwood: The Total Destruction of Black Wall Street by Eddie Faye Gates Riot on Greenwood: The Total Destruction of Black Wall Street

by Eddie Faye Gates
Eakins Press Foundation (Jan 01, 2003)
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Here is an in-depth account of the worst riot in U.S. history, the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, assembled by one of Tulsa’s most important oral historians and community activists. "Using her breadth of knowledge, her many contact, and the trust she’s engendered in the Greenwood community, Gates has gathered the largest collection of survivors’ stories to appear in one volume. Placing these stories in historical context, and adding those of survivors’ descendents and white eyewitnesses, Gates brings the full story of the riot and its aftermath vividly alive for the reader." - Rilla Askew, award- winning author of The Mercy Seat and Fire in Beulah (a novel about the riot).


Click for more detail about They Came Searching by Eddie Faye Gates They Came Searching

by Eddie Faye Gates
Eakins Press Foundation (Mar 01, 1997)
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How Blacks sought the promised land in Tulsa, Oklahoma



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