BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This Memorial Day marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, in which a white mob killed an estimated 300 black residents, destroyed the thriving Greenwood Business District, and left thousands of African American men, women and children displaced.
Maryland State Senator Cory McCray commemorated the destruction of Black Wall Street, which had a profound emotional and economic impact felt for generations. “That history is so important and if we do not know our history, how do we know where we’re going?”READ MORE: Baltimore City Police Need Help Finding 2 Missing Kids
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, several services were held over the weekend to mark the painful anniversary with some of the last known survivors in attendance.
“Our history is our bedrock,” said Terence Dickson, owner of Terra Cafe and host of Baltimore’s remembrance ceremony.READ MORE: 'The School Shouldn't Be Open Right Now': Parents React To COVID-19 Outbreak At Cherry Hill Elementary Middle School
Dickson said teaching young people about the past is critical in building a better future and ensuring history does not repeat itself.
“What has happened before, it gives us an opportunity that it never has to happen again,” Dickson said.MORE NEWS: Almost 9,000 Vaccinated Marylanders Get Additional Shots Since Approval of Pfizer Booster
President Joe Biden will visit Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday where he is expected to tour the Greenwood Cultural Center and meet with surviving members of the community.