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Tulsa named among Travel + Leisure’s ’50 Best Places to Travel in 2021′

“When the time comes to travel again, these destinations — all right in your own backyard — are the ones to visit next.”

Travel + Leisure

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Rendering of exterior building for Greenwood Rising in Tulsa, Oklahoma
PHOTO CREDIT: SELSER SCHAEFER ARCHITECTS

“Big, open green spaces like the 100-acre Gathering Place and a high quality of life — especially as measured in microbreweries and trendy restaurants — brought new crowds to the Art Deco darling of Tulsa in recent years. But Tulsa’s renaissance remained incomplete without a reconciliation and recognition of the city’s dark past. As much of the U.S. learned only last year, through television depictions on Lovecraft Country and Watchmen, the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 wiped out the thriving and successful neighborhood of Greenwood, known as Black Wall Street. Approaching the 100th anniversary of the horrific attack, a new class of Black artists and entrepreneurs honors and explores that history, bringing residents and visitors to face the dark past through creative means. The Black Moon collective, Black Wall Street Gallery, and Fulton Street Books and Coffee each aim to heal and unify by centering the work and narratives of the Black community. Those narratives come in physical form in the sculptures at John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, near the coming Greenwood Rising center dedicated to the legacy of Black Wall Street, and site of commemoration events planned leading up to a candlelight vigil marking the anniversary”. —Naomi Tomky

Link to full article here: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-in-2021

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