Dayton’s ‘Black Wall Street’ promotes black-owned businesses

DAYTON — Dayton’s Black Wall Street paid tribute to Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District during an event Saturday.

Various vendors, panel discussions and entertainment filled the parking lot off Germantown Street. The festival focused on black-owned businesses and was organized to re-establish community empowerment.

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Organizers said they also hope the event raised awareness for economic development in Dayton.

The Greenwood District in Tulsa also is known as Black Wall Street and was the location of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the city’s most significant events.

According to Tulsa History, after 24 hours of violence in the city, 35 city blocks were burned, more than 800 people were treated for injuries and historians believe as many as 300 people may have died.