Hundreds of people from across the nation assembled to dedicate and formally open the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park in Tulsa, Okla. to the public last week. JHF Reconciliation Park celebrates the lifetime achievements and legacy of world-renowned civil rights leader and American historian Dr. John Hope Franklin.
The park also gives voice to the untold story of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, one of the most tragic events in the nation’s history, and honors the countless African-American victims of that riot almost 90 years later.
“Nothing pleases me more today than to stand here at the site of the 1921 Tulsa Riot and see so many people of multiple generations, ethnicities, and political, social and economic backgrounds gathered to dedicate this historic park and honor Dr. Franklin,” said Julius Pegues, chairman of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. “The park dedication is a call not only to Tulsa, but also to our nation to be a part of a living history as we put aside what divides us and work together with civility to move our cities, states and the country forward.”
Local children held the ceremonial ribbon, which was cut by dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. John Sullivan (R); John W. Franklin, Dr. Franklin’s son; several 1921 Tulsa Riot survivors and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett.