hReality1, 6/13/2013 - 12:15pm "Here are some names of African Americans who were entrepreneurs to The Black Wall Street:
O.W. Gurley, a wealthy African American land-owner from Arkansas. He owned The Gurley Hotel at 112 N. Greenwood, he lost nearly $200,000 in the 1921 race war! He gave the street Greenwood its name. The founder of the most successful African American community of his time vanished from the history books and drifted into obscurity. He was honored in a 2008 documentary film called, Before They Die! The Road to Reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Survivors.
J.B. Stradford was another African American entrepreneur that arrived in Tulsa in 1899. He believed that black people had a better chance of economic progress if they pooled their resources, worked together and supported each other's businesses. He bought large tracts of real estate in the northeastern part of Tulsa, which he had subdivided and sold exclusively to other African Americans. Stradford later built the Stradford Hotel on Greenwood, where blacks could enjoy the amenities of the downtown hotels who served only whites. It was said to be the largest black-owned hotel in the United States!
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