recent roll: Oklahoma; The Black Town Tours
Late last year with the pandemic not letting up, I decided to ditch the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area for something a bit slower… so I came to Tulsa, OK ! The network of Tulsa Remote members was instrumental in helping me get settled here and they were also cool enough to put together this monthly trip where we all caravan out from Tulsa, OK to the historically all-Black towns of Oklahoma.
Check out my adventures below, join a group of young black professionals from all walks of life on our monthly tours of Oklahoma’s Black Towns.
Trip #1: Summit, Rentiesville & Vernon
To kick off the tours, we made our way out to Summit, OK meeting up with the Mayor at the Community Center/ Fire Department building. He gave us a “State of the Town” providing a rundown on the dynamics of the town, speaking on the history and where it currently stands today. Rentiesville is home to the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame also known as the Down Home Blues Club a famous venue that hosts annual Festivals and music shows. Last but not least we pulled up to Vernon where we met up with Herman Huffman a community leader and pastor who graciously gave us a tour of the Huffman Pentecostal Temple and the towns old Community Center.
Trip #2: Grayson, Clearview & Boley
We started the second leg of the tour off in Grayson, meeting up with the towns Mayor Leon Anderson and learning about the adversity he’s faced during his tenure in the position. In Clearview we had the chance to visit the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame and meet the mayor, Marilyn Jackson.
Trip #3: TBA
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