Many African American families had flocked to the area, purchasing the land sold exclusively to “coloreds.” They created a bustling community filled with successful businesses, banks, theaters, and shops.
Unfortunately, the success was short-lived, with the Greenwood being decimated just two decades after it was settled.
Now actor Morris Chestnut has partnered with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) to executive produce a new six-part docuseries shining a light on the legacy of Black Wall Street, Essence reports.
“Rebuilding Black Wall Street” will not only focus on the tragedy that was the Tulsa Massacre. It will also highlight the efforts of the current community to rebuild more than a century later.
“Over the course of six episodes, Chestnut…[will] guide viewers through Greenwood’s rich history and the personal journeys of those featured – many of whom are the descendants of original Black Wall Street residents…As new businesses and projects progress, viewers will experience the physical and emotional challenges that come with large-scale construction and celebrate the promise of Greenwood’s future,” said the docuseries’ producers in a statement.
Chestnut is serving as executive producer and host for the project, partnering with OWN and Greenwood Creative Studios to bring the series to life under his GMC8 Productions banner.