Tulsa built a history center, Greenwood Rising, to commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Massacre. But, as Jesse Washington reports for Andscape, many community members say it does little to compensate the victims and their families.

The spiritual heart of Greenwood is the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street. Standing here 101 years ago, you would have seen dozens of Black businesses, including a bank, notary public, real estate agent, drugstore, barbershops, beauty salons, restaurants, undertaker, theaters, insurance company, confectionary, cleaners, printer, dressmaker, photographer, grocery store, doughnut shop, cigar store, rooming houses, the Mary Jones Parrish School of Natural Education, plus more than a dozen physicians, dentists and lawyers. There also were no fewer than three hotels, including the magnificent Stradford.

After these businesses were destroyed, none of their insurance policies were honored.

Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Cheri has been an editor at Longreads since 2014. She's currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.