Oklahoma Civil Rights Trail receives State backing


Oklahoma Civil Rights Trail receives State backing

Monday, 29 Jul, 2023 0

Oklahoma state lawmakers approved a bipartisan Bill to create the Oklahoma Civil Rights Trail.

It plans to ‘connect towns and locations key to the civil rights movement, including many Native American sites of historical significance’.

“Oklahoma originally had more than 50 ‘Black towns’ – 13 of which still exist today and are important to the overall story of our state’s history,” said Senator Kenneth Matthews, of Tulsa, co-sponsor of the Bill

“Efforts to recognize and secure the fundamental rights of all our citizens should be showcased.”

The Oklahoma Civil Rights Trail will begin at Standing Bear Park in Ponca City, then proceed to the site of the 1920s Osage Reign of Terror in Fairfax.

Fairfax is subject of a major new Scorsese / DiCaprio / de Niro movie ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ screening in October 2023.

From Ponca City and Fairfax, the Trail will continue through the state’s all-Black communities, which include Boley; Brooksville; Clearview; Grayson; Langston; Lima; Red Bird; Rentiesville; Summit; Taft; Tatums; Tullahassee; and Vernon.

It then continues to Greenwood Rising and the Pathway to Hope in Tulsa. Both of these commemorate and recount the story of the Tulsa ‘Black Wall St’ Massacre of 1921.

The trail will conclude at the Clara Luper Center, currently under construction in Oklahoma City.

 

For more information: Visit USA / Travel Oklahoma



 

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