99 Years After the Tulsa Race Massacre, an Artist From Tulsa Reflects

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Artist Crystal Z Campbell looks back on the Tulsa Race Massacre and its relevance today.

Crystal Z Campbell, “Notes from Black Wall Street #77” (2016). Image courtesy of the artist.

Crystal Z Campbell discusses how the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre influences her art practice, and how this historical moment remains relevant today. The piece originally appeared in Hyperallergic.

"As we reflect on the recent centennial of other instances of racially motivated domestic terrorism, such as the Red Summer, and approach that of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I meditate on these images through the application of tactile layers of paint, like scars, atop archival photographs."