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The Eddie Faye Gates Tulsa Race Massacre Collection

Meet Eddie Faye Gates

Learn how this high school teacher used her passion for history and justice to help recover silenced voices from the past. For decades, this local hero documented the memories and lived experiences of Oklahomans that most history books left out.

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Gilcrease Preserves North Tulsa History

Learn more about the Eddie Faye Gates Tulsa Race Massacre Collection and the IMLS grant award that is supporting Gilcrease’s ongoing work to archive, research, digitize, and create educational resources from the collection.

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North Tulsa’s History and Survivor Stories

Alfred Stanley Dennie

Jazz Hall of Fame musician, Alfred Stanley Dennie, and his daughter Norma share a story about his brother, George, and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.  Warning: Stories contain graphic content that may be sensitive to some.

Eunice Jackson

Eunice Jackson speaks about how fortunate she and her family were to safely flee the massacre and return to their home, saved by their neighbors.

James O. Goodwin

James O. Goodwin talks about his father founding the award-winning newspaper The Oklahoma Eagle in 1938 and its importance to Tulsa.

Senator Barack Obama escorts Eddie Faye Gates and survivors

Senator Barack Obama escorts Eddie Faye Gates and survivors, May 8, 2005

‘Best Swing Band in America’

Ernie Fields, Tulsa bandleader, third from right holding trombone.

Eddie Faye Gates as a Teacher

Eddie Faye Gates with students in a classroom (1993)

Past Events

Watch the Inaugural Eddie Faye Gates Lecture Featuring Autumn Brown

Jun 1, 2021 6:00 p.m. (Central Time)

On June 1, 2021, Autumn Brown explored some of the main themes manifested within the Eddie Faye Gates Collection. Discover more from this collection about compassion, family, community, resilience, and what they mean for our communities today. Ms. Brown highlighted voices of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre survivors and Greenwood’s past as well as paid tribute to Ms.Gates’ tireless efforts to recover and preserve this long-ignored history. Gilcrease Museum was deeply honored to receive this unparalleled collection in 2020 and to have the opportunity to make these materials accessible worldwide.

Please read the companion article to Autumn Brown's lecture.

The Teacher Institute

July 12, 13 &14 2021 from 1-4 p.m.

The Teacher Institute was held virtually on July 12-14 2021 and was open to Tulsa public schools district teachers.


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Read about short-term research fellowships, travel grants, and postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at Gilcrease Museum and the Helmerich Center for American Research here. Find out more about the Gilcrease archives.

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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.