John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park Added To National Civil Rights Network

Thursday, August 27th 2020, 6:24 pm
By: Emory Bryan

TULSA, Okla. -

After President Trump requested it during his visit to Tulsa, the U.S. Department of Interior has recognized John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park as an important civil rights monument.

The park is now in a network of sites recognized for their connection to civil rights. The surrounding Greenwood area, the site of the massacre, is still not recognized as a federal historic site, but that is in the works.

“This spot, at the at the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park is one of the places you need to visit if you're going to understand the Civil Rights History of the United States,” Senator James Lankford said.

This new designation will help draw attention to John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park. It's now part of the federal government's African American Civil Rights Network.

The Park is ten years old, named for a prominent historian and son of a race massacre survivor. The new recognition gives it an official status.

The Vernon AME Church is on the National Register of Historic Places but is not an official National Historic Site - and there's a difference.

The Department of Interior has already updated their site.

The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.