The New Black Wall Street: A sight to see and an experience of a lifetime
Updated: Feb 10
Bringing the family out to the New Black Wall Street Market over the weekend was met with high anticipation and curiosity.
Driving from south Atlanta to Dekalb County where the New Black Wallstreet location is in Stonecrest, Georgia, the weather was bad, and the roads were slippery. However, it didn't impede our travel.
We wanted to experience the moment, meet the people, and witness Black entrepreneurship at its best.
When we arrived, the parking lot was crowded with Black people coming and going. It was a sight to see.
Walking into this Black-owned building was like walking into a ceremony; it was that intriguing and amazing. In the center of the building, when entering, there's a big sign: "Ownership-Ownership-Ownership!"
You are easily sucked up into the moment when you first enter the building. Straight ahead is a painting of Greenwood Community residents, to my left is a big Christmas tree and the mall, and to your right is a reception desk with a background screen with Tulsa 1921 and the New Black Wall Street Market.
The History of Black Wall Street
At the turn of the 20th century, the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, became one of
the first communities in the country to thrive with Black-owned businesses.
The prosperous town, founded by many descendants of slaves, earned a reputation as the Black Wall Street of America and became a harbor for Blacks in a highly segregated city under Jim Crow laws.
From May 31 to June 1, 1921, a white mob turned Greenwood upside down in one of the worst racial massacres in U.S. history.
In a matter of hours, 35 square blocks of the vibrant Black community turned into ashes and debris.
A number of Black people were killed—estimates ranged from 55 to more than 300—and over 1,000 homes and businesses were looted and set on fire.
The mall is sectioned off by areas that sell particular items. In the front of the mall, there is a grocery store and restaurant that is opening soon.
There is a painting, arts, jewelry making, and museum section. Then, there is food, clothing. health and beauty stores, as well as a bookstore, personal engraving, and movie theater section.
In memory, these sections are named by streets of the old Greenwood community in the 1920s.
This powerful phrase is everywhere inside the New Black Wall Street Market. There is renovation and construction that are being done now. Nevertheless, it is up and running!
I saw several "opening soon" signs or business owners letting everyone know they'll be opening soon. Some stores and food vendors were temporarily placed in sections until their store locations opens.
From the looks of it, what I shared on my YouTube live and some pictures of the New Black Wallstreet Market is only a partial glimpse of what is to come.
There is a whole other side to this building that's under construction, and when it's completed, they all will be set up as stores, restaurants, art galleries, theater, etc.
There is also a barbershop, nail shop and so much more to come. The site and experience will be stunning and awe-inspiring.
After the finished product, I believe the ancestors of Greenwood will be proud to see the New Black Wall Street Market. It's something the Black people of Greenwood valued, doing for self and community building.