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March 17, 2022

Contact: Nicole Harvey
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-5202

Greenwood Community Development Corporation/ Historic Black Wall Street Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Greenwood Community Development Corporation/Historic Black Wall Street has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

The Greenwood Community Development Corporation/Historic Black Wall Street has been awarded $20,000 for a project titled “Permanent Exhibition: Historic Linkages between Greenwood Tulsa and Black Townships,” which will fund an exhibition installation that tells the story and connection of the Greenwood District and Oklahoma's historic All-Black towns. It will include a map of the physical relationship between Greenwood and the Black townships in Oklahoma, a map of the immigration routes of African Americans to Oklahoma townships, documents and photographs that show the interconnectivity between and among Greenwood to the Black townships in Oklahoma, genealogies of a sample of Greenwood families and how these interlink with the Black townships, and an audio narration from a family member about a genealogy.

“Because of the Oklahoma Historical Society Preservation Grant, Greenwood Community Development Corporation/Historic Black Wall Street will establish an exhibit that includes Greenwood’s social and cultural history. This is amazing work,” said Freeman Culver, president/CEO of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

The total amount of funds that will be distributed this year is just over $558,000, with projects ranging from collections care and strategic planning to exhibit development and educational programming. “Entering our third year of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program, the OHS is thrilled with the program’s success,” said Nicole Harvey, director of strategic initiatives and grants administrator for the OHS. “To date, the program has funded over 120 projects that are aiding with collecting, preserving and sharing Oklahoma history for local communities across the state.”

The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grants-in-aid program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society with a goal of encouraging the collection, preservation and sharing of Oklahoma history at the grassroots level in all parts of the state. Open to tribal and municipal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations located in Oklahoma and registered with the Oklahoma secretary of state, this grants program offers funding ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for projects focused on collections, exhibits and programming. Applications for this annual program open in the fall and award announcements are made in January. For more information visit www.okhistory.org/grants.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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