Tulsa’s “Greenwood Rising” History Center and Museum opened Wednesday, in a limited preview for descendants of the 1921 Race Massacre.
A dedication ceremony, held outside the entrance Wednesday attracted hundreds of people including many Greenwood families eager to see the story portrayed in a permanent museum.
“Greenwood Rising” is a world-class history center dedicated to telling the whole story of Greenwood, before, during, and after the massacre,” said State Senator Kevin Matthews, the Chair of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.
The $21 million dollar museum was funded with a combination of tax money and private donations. Phil Armstrong, the Project Manager, said delays in selecting a site pushed the expected completion date to late 2021, but an anonymous donor called to offer more funding if the project could be finished by the Centennial. Armstong said the extra cost was more than $1 million dollars, but it allowed the doors to open Wednesday. Greenwood descendant Theresa Jordan, in her wheelchair, was one of the first people inside.
After the limited preview, the museum will briefly close for final construction and reopen in early July.
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