The Historic Greenwood District is Growing

Have you visited the historic Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma lately? This area, also known as the original Black Wall Street, has a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century. Once a thriving black-owned business district, it faced destruction in 1921 but has since weathered the storms and is now experiencing a revival.

Under the leadership of the current president, Pastor Dr. Freeman Culver, III, the Greenwood District is experiencing growth and rejuvenation. The district is now home to various establishments, including Oklahoma’s first women-owned and first black, women-owned radio station, restaurants, advocacy agencies, a law firm, consulting agencies, and a new curated antique store called “Buying Time on Greenwood.”

Opening its doors on Thursday, February 8, 2024, Buying Time on Greenwood is set to become a must-visit destination in the district. The store aims to showcase the rich history and culture of the area through its collection of antiques, apparel, black artwork inspired by local black artists, mugs, postcards, and more.

The grand opening of Buying Time on Greenwood will take place on Thursday, February 15, 2024, and promises to be a celebration of the district’s resilience and the vibrant community that surrounds it. The store will be open daily, from 9 AM to 9 PM, offering visitors ample opportunity to explore its unique offerings.

With its diverse range of businesses and the addition of Buying Time on Greenwood, the historic Greenwood District is reclaiming its status as a vibrant hub of commerce and culture. Visitors can now experience the district’s rich history while also supporting local businesses and artists.

As the Greenwood District continues to grow, it serves as a reminder of the strength and resilience of the community. The revitalization efforts led by Pastor Dr. Freeman Culver, III, are not only restoring the district’s physical infrastructure but also creating opportunities for economic growth and empowerment.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the historic Greenwood District recently, now is the perfect time to explore its unique offerings. Whether you’re interested in learning about its history, supporting local businesses, or simply immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of the area, there is something for everyone in this growing district.

Plan your visit to the historic Greenwood District today and witness firsthand the remarkable transformation taking place. From its rich history to its thriving businesses, this district is a testament to the power of community and the enduring spirit of resilience.

Buying Time on Greenwood is located at 104 N. Greenwood Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Buying Time on Greenwood: Showcasing Local Black-Owned Products

Everyone is buzzing about the original Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s historic Greenwood District, especially during Black History Month. The anticipation is growing for the opening of Buying Time on Greenwood, a curated antique store located on the iconic Greenwood Avenue, also known as the original Black Wall Street.

Buying Time on Greenwood will offer a wide range of products, including antiques, artwork inspired by the area, gifts, apparel, and most notably, locally black-owned products. One such product is the Roots Skincare Collection, created by businesswoman Katina Walker. The collection, which includes body scrubs, oils, and lotions, has become highly sought-after not only in the Tulsa Metro area but also beyond. Visitors to Buying Time on Greenwood will have the opportunity to explore and purchase this popular collection.

The store is scheduled to open its doors on Thursday, February 8th at 1:00 PM CST. To celebrate the grand opening, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on February 15, 2024, organized by Starr Fisher. Local black-owned businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs are invited and encouraged to meet De Hall, the Store Manager, and explore the opportunity to showcase their own products on Greenwood, in the heart of the original Black Wall Street at Buying Time on Greenwood.

For those interested in participating, please drop by the store or reach out via email to manager@buyingtimeongreenwood.com. This is an incredible chance to support and uplift local black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, while also celebrating the rich history and legacy of the Greenwood District. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to be a part of the vibrant community at Buying Time on Greenwood.

New Business Opening on Greenwood Avenue: Buying Time on Greenwood

The Greenwood District, also known as Black Wall Street, is set to welcome a new business on February 1st. Buying Time on Greenwood, a curated antique and gift store, aims to celebrate the rich history of the area and support local black artists.

One business partner, Dr. Angela K. Chambers, of Buying Time on Greenwood will feature artwork that reflects the historic Greenwood District, including pieces inspired by the time before, during, and after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Dr. Chambers believes that shopping in Greenwood is essential for building a thriving economic system, similar to what OW Gurley cultivated in the 1920s.

The store will offer a diverse range of gifts and antique items, with new merchandise being added daily. Dr. Chambers, along with her business partner, shares a passion for revitalizing the historic Greenwood District. Together, they have created Buying Time on Greenwood as a way to contribute to its growth and preservation.

To staff the store, Buying Time on Greenwood is hosting a hiring event on Saturday, January 27th, from 9 am to 6 pm. On-the-spot interviews will be conducted for store clerks and other positions. Candidates can also email their resumes to angela@trichomeok.com.

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Buying Time on Greenwood will take place on Thursday, February 1st. This event marks an exciting milestone for the Greenwood District, as it continues to rebuild and honor its remarkable history.

Don’t miss the opportunity to support this new business and experience the unique offerings at Buying Time on Greenwood.

The Importance of a Petition to Stop Taxing the Historic Greenwood Chamber of Commerce

When it comes to the historic Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, there are conflicting views on its significance and preservation. Some see it as a cherished part of history, a legacy that deserves honor and protection. Others, however, view it as a mere opportunity for greed to exploit and profit from, neglecting the historical and cultural value it holds.

Despite the attention garnered by celebrities, politicians, and media companies in promoting the story of The Original Black Wall Street, it seems that little effort or resources have been dedicated to assisting the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce in preserving the area. The talk of preservation often appears to be nothing more than a soundbite, lacking real action and commitment.

The Greenwood Chamber has been tirelessly fighting to maintain the last remaining properties in the district, all while burdened with taxes such as stadium taxes for land that was sold by previous board members to build a stadium. The imposition of such taxes appears unjust and burdensome.

Adding insult to injury, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce has been denied federal ARPA funding, while funds have been approved for other organizations. This discrepancy raises questions about fairness and the true commitment of the city to honor and preserve the area’s history.

It is time for a change. The taxing of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce must be stopped, and what has been taken should be returned. The taxes collected on the land that was sold should not only be ceased but also reimbursed to the Chamber with interest.

The City of Tulsa needs to step up and demonstrate a genuine dedication to preserving the area, its history, and its future. While the real estate in the district may be prime, it is not up for sale to those who seek to profit at the expense of its legacy. This includes individuals like Jay Morrison, a supposed “Real Estate Investor” who was brought in to purchase the last remaining buildings owned by the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.  https://www.youtube.com/live/ggcGCjGYGRQ?si=7aABn0Az4VemG-rN

Morrison’s involvement with the Tulsa Real Estate Fund, which has since been exposed, raises further concerns about the motives behind these transactions.

Instead of perpetuating division and exploitation, it is time for us to come together and unite. We must work towards preserving the Greenwood District, not only for the sake of its historical importance but also for the future generations who deserve to experience and learn from its legacy.

Minister Alvin Muhammad has taken a stand by signing the petition on Change.org, and it is crucial that others join in support.

By signing the petition, we can send a powerful message to the City of Tulsa that the taxing of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce is unacceptable and that preserving this historic district should be a top priority.

Together, we can make a difference and ensure that the Greenwood District remains a symbol of resilience, heritage, and progress for years to come.

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Dr. Angela K. Chambers Makes History and Empowers Children Through “Let’s READ” on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG

On June 8, 2023, McAlester native Dr. Angela K. Chambers (Phifer) achieved a significant milestone alongside her business partner, Dr. Francetta L. Mays. Together, they became the first black, women-owned radio station owners in Oklahoma, with their station “The Greenwood Beat – WFPG” located in the historic Greenwood District in Tulsa. This area is renowned as the original Black Wall Street, and Dr. Chambers named the station “The Greenwood Beat” to serve as a voice for Greenwood.

Dr. Chambers had a profound vision to preserve the stories of Greenwood’s ancestors and highlight the resilience of the community since the tragic 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. She wanted these stories to be shared for generations to come. The call letters “WFPG” hold a special meaning as they are the initials of her late grandmother, Wilma Factory Phifer Green, who lived in McAlester for over a century.

On January 6, 2024, Dr. Chambers launched the “Let’s READ” segment on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG. She invited Mr. Troy J. Petit, Sr., an author and educator, to discuss his passion for writing “Hugs of Love” and read a few pages on air. Although Mr. Petit’s book is primarily aimed at children, it contains a valuable lesson about love that resonates with readers of all ages.

During the interview, Dr. Chambers and Mr. Petit emphasized the importance of children feeling loved and the pivotal role reading plays in their development. They highlighted how reading is a foundation for learning and fosters a lifelong love for knowledge. To support this cause, volunteers from across the United States have generously offered their time to read to children on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG.

Dr. Chambers expressed her gratitude for the volunteers while calling for more individuals to step forward. She envisions expanding the program to include one hour of reading each weekday, in addition to the current noon to 3 pm Saturday broadcasts. If you are interested in volunteering, please email read@thegreenwoodbeat.com to request more information and sign up.

During the kick-off of “Let’s READ,” Dr. Chambers reminisced about her grandmother reading to her as a child. She fondly recalled her grandmother’s guidance on enunciating words and adjusting voice pitches and tones while reading. These cherished memories and her grandmother’s influence inspired Dr. Chambers to create a platform that encourages children to explore the joy of reading.

Dr. Chambers, a proud graduate of McAlester High School’s class of 1988, is the daughter of Everett (Honey) and Lois Phifer, both from McAlester, Oklahoma. Her commitment to education and empowering children through literacy shines through her work on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG.

Tune in to The Greenwood Beat – WFPG for 24/7 programming, including old school hits, engaging talk shows, and now, the inspiring “Let’s READ” segment. Dr. Angela K. Chambers and Dr. Francetta L. Mays have not only made history but are also using their platform to make a positive impact on the lives of children and the community.

Mr. Petit’s book, “Hugs of Love” is available here: a.co/d/ebRRcf9

Wing Supreme: Adding a Flavorful Touch to the Historic Greenwood District

Exciting news for food enthusiasts and residents of the historic Greenwood District! Wing Supreme, the renowned restaurant chain known as the “King of the Gourmet Wing,” is all set to open its doors this month on Greenwood Avenue at 130 N. Greenwood Avenue. The anticipation is palpable as the restaurant gears up to provide excellent service and mouthwatering flavors to its new customers.

On Wednesday, onlookers were treated to the sight of large new window signs being installed at the Wing Supreme location. The store front now boasts a bright and eye-catching logo that can be noticed from afar. It’s a delightful addition to the Greenwood District, and people are already buzzing with excitement about the new food options it will bring.

If you’re a fan of wings that promise BIG flavor, then Wing Supreme is the place to be. Their gourmet wings are a culinary masterpiece, crafted with a combination of secret spices and sauces that will leave your taste buds craving for more. Whether you like them spicy, tangy, or sweet, Wing Supreme has got you covered.

But this exciting news isn’t just about the food. Wing Supreme is also seeking enthusiastic team members who can provide excellent and friendly service to its customers. If you’re interested in joining the Wing Supreme family, now is your chance. Connect with Eric Johnson at (202) 271-2526 for more details on how you can be a part of this exciting venture.

To stay updated on all things Wing Supreme, make sure to connect with them on social media. Follow @thewingsupreme on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get a behind-the-scenes look at their delicious creations, special offers, and more.

Discover the Fascinating History of Greenwood District with Terry Baccus

When it comes to exploring the rich history and vibrant culture of historic Greenwood District, there’s no better guide than Terry Baccus. Dubbed the ‘Mayor of Greenwood,’ Terry has been captivating tourists with his extensive knowledge, quick wit, and magnetic personality. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply curious about this iconic area, a tour with Terry Baccus is an absolute must.

Thousands of visitors have flocked to Tulsa in recent times to embark on the historic Greenwood Tour led by Terry Baccus. It’s not uncommon to bump into Terry while strolling through the historic Greenwood District, as he is always eager to engage in conversation and share his wealth of knowledge and a laugh or two.

What sets Terry apart is his deep understanding of the history and significance of Greenwood, also known as the original Black Wall Street. This area, spanning 36 square miles, holds a remarkable story that Terry is able to recount with passion and authenticity.

But Terry’s commitment to Greenwood goes beyond being a tour guide. He actively looks out for the tenants and patrons of the historic Greenwood District, ensuring that the area continues to thrive. Additionally, Terry is the producer of the documentary ‘The Greenwood Ave Project, a captivating exploration of Greenwood’s history. This documentary serves as a valuable resource for those unable to visit Greenwood in person.

You can rent or purchase the documentary online through Terry’s website at www.tourofblackwallstreet.com. It’s an opportunity to delve into the stories, struggles, and triumphs of Greenwood from the comfort of your own home.

Terry Baccus has a natural gift for storytelling and entertaining his audience. Many have even remarked that he should have been a teacher. His tours offer an immersive experience, providing an up-close and almost surreal account of the history of Greenwood. You’ll walk away with a newfound appreciation for this remarkable district.

If you’re ready to embark on a journey through time and discover the fascinating history of Greenwood, get in touch with Terry Baccus to schedule your next tour. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to explore the heart and soul of the original Black Wall Street.

Preserving and Enriching the Legacy of The Original Black Wall Street in Tulsa

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The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is dedicated to preserving and enriching the legacy of the historic Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Commonly known as The Original Black Wall Street, this district was once a thriving hub of African American businesses and entrepreneurship. Today, the Chamber is committed to creating commerce in the district, educating and providing resources to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

On the occasion of the 28th Anniversary of the Million Man March Motorcycle Rally & Bike Show, the Chamber is proud to stand alongside the community in celebrating this important event. The motorcycle rally and bike show is a powerful demonstration of unity, strength, and resilience within the African-American community.

The Chamber recognizes the significance of this event and its connection to the history of The Original Black Wall Street. The rally serves as a reminder of the determination and perseverance that has characterized the district throughout its history. It is a moment to reflect on the achievements of the past and to look towards a future of continued growth and success.

Through its various initiatives, the Chamber aims to empower small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Greenwood District. By providing access to resources, networking opportunities, and educational programs, the Chamber seeks to foster an environment of economic prosperity and sustainable development.

One of the key objectives of the Chamber is to preserve the historical significance of The Original Black Wall Street. The district holds a special place in American history, representing the resilience and entrepreneurial spirit of the African-American community. By raising awareness and promoting the district’s heritage, the Chamber seeks to ensure that future generations understand and appreciate its importance.

In addition to its core mission, the Chamber actively engages with the community through various events and initiatives. These activities aim to promote unity, celebrate diversity, and support local businesses. By fostering a sense of community pride, the Chamber contributes to the overall revitalization and growth of the Greenwood District.

As we mark the 28th Anniversary of the Million Man March Motorcycle Rally, the Chamber encourages everyone to join in the celebrations and show their support for the historic Greenwood District. By coming together, we can honor the past, celebrate the present, and build a prosperous future for all.

Online registration is open at https://checkout.square.site/merchant/MLA6GJGDFWM6K/checkout/RSYWG7SP3JXCE4K523XB3IQU  Motorcycle Clubs and groups are encouraged to register online at https://square.link/u/VDurQbJh

For additional information or questions please email: bikerally@thegreenwoodbeat.com

 

The Original Black Wall Street Merchant Marketplace: A Vibrant Gathering in Historic Greenwood

Come down to historic Greenwood District for The Original Black Wall Street Merchant Marketplace! It’s happening now until 4pm. The Greenwood Beat – WFPG featuring DJ Phatkat is creating one heck of a vibe on Greenwood.

The Original Black Wall Street Merchant Marketplace takes place every Saturday in the Courtyard on Greenwood from 11 am to 4 pm. This vibrant event brings together local vendors and food truck operators, who are encouraged to come out and display their products or services.

Locals, out-of-towners, and tourists alike frequent historic Greenwood intentionally, supporting the area and its businesses. The lively atmosphere, with DJ Phatkat spinning the beats, adds to the charm of the marketplace.

If you’re interested in becoming a vendor at The Original Black Wall Street Merchant Marketplace, sign up now at https://m.signupgenius.com/. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this exciting community event and showcase your offerings to a diverse and engaged audience!

 

 

The Story of The Original Black Wall Street Merchant Marketplace

The History of Black Wall Street

HBO is currently filming a new documentary titled ‘Black Wall Street Forever: The Story of the Greenwood District and the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, Inc. This documentary aims to shed light on the historic Greenwood District and its significance as the original Black Wall Street. As part of their filming, HBO is showcasing The Original Black Wall Street Merchant Marketplace (TOBWSMM), a collaborative effort between The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, TCLiving & Marketing, and The Greenwood Beat – WFPG.

Understanding the Greenwood District

The Greenwood District, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was once a thriving African-American community in the early 20th century. It was home to various businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, banks, and more. This thriving economic hub earned the nickname ‘Black Wall Street’ due to its prosperity and success.

The Tragedy of the Tulsa Race Massacre

However, the success and prosperity of the Greenwood District came to a devastating halt in 1921 during the Tulsa Race Massacre. A racially motivated attack led to the destruction of the entire district, leaving thousands of African-American residents homeless and countless businesses in ruins.

Rebuilding and Remembering

Despite the destruction caused by the Tulsa Race Massacre, the spirit of the Greenwood District persevered. The community rallied together to rebuild and restore their once-thriving neighborhood. Today, efforts are being made to commemorate the history and resilience of Black Wall Street by the current board led by President Dr. Freeman Culver through initiatives like The Original Black Wall Street Merchant Marketplace and The 28th Anniversary of the Million Man March Motorcycle Rally & Bike Show.

The Original Black Wall Street Merchant Marketplace

The TOBWSMM is a platform that showcases and supports black-owned businesses, both locally and nationally. It serves as a digital marketplace where consumers can discover and support a wide range of products and services offered by black entrepreneurs. By providing a centralized platform, TOBWSMM aims to empower and uplift black businesses, helping to create economic opportunities and foster success.

The Greenwood Women’s Business Center

In addition to TOBWSMM, the documentary will also highlight The Greenwood Women’s Business Center. This organization focuses on supporting and empowering women entrepreneurs within the Greenwood District. Through mentorship programs, educational resources, and networking opportunities, the Greenwood Women’s Business Center aims to nurture and promote the success of women-owned businesses.

Preserving History for Future Generations

The filming of ‘Black Wall Street Forever: The Story of the Greenwood District and the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, Inc.’ is an important step in preserving the history of the Greenwood District and ensuring that future generations are aware of its significance. By showcasing the resilience and achievements of the African-American community, this documentary will shed light on a chapter of history that has often been overlooked or forgotten. The band “Upscale Smoke” draws a crowd with their live performance of R&B hits from current and past.

Conclusion

As HBO continues to film on Greenwood, it is essential to recognize the importance of The Original Black Wall Street Merchant Marketplace, The Greenwood Women’s Business Center, and the efforts being made to commemorate the history of the Greenwood District. Through initiatives like these, the spirit of Black Wall Street lives on, inspiring and empowering black entrepreneurs both locally and nationally.

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