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Watch Out for Flying Chairs: Professional Wrestling in Oklahoma

This exhibit examines professional wrestling in Oklahoma from its emergence in traveling carnivals to today. Oklahoma has been at the forefront of professional wrestling through its continued popularity across communities and the contributions of Oklahomans in and out of the squared circle. Over the last 80 years, traditional wrestling has brought Oklahoma more national and international wrestling medals, trophies, titles, and championships than any other state. Since 1932, 12 Oklahomans have stood on the top step to receive Olympic gold medals.

The photography exhibit is located in the West Atrium Gallery on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center.

A smiling Mildred Burke flexing her bicep muscles, wearing a championship belt over a black one-piece uniform.
Mildred Burke, World Champion Lady Wrestler, 1953
(2012.201.B0116.0373, Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection, OHS)