To commemorate the Tulsa Race Massacre, the Greenwood Cultural Center invited guests to experience a novel virtual reality experience titled “Greenwood Avenue: A Virtual Reality Experience.”
The experience also marks the conclusion of the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commemoration and the onset of the Tulsa Juneteenth Celebration.
Film creator, Ayana Baraka, stated that the project’s objective was to inspire conversations and elucidate the younger generation about racism and black history. The 20-minute virtual reality film is based on actual events and takes viewers through the story of a 14-year-old black girl growing up on Black Wall Street in the 1920s. Baraka added that the film focuses on finding first love and navigating devastating loss.
The project has taken over six years to complete. The filming began in Greenwood three years ago. Baraka said that her conversations with the late Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, a survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, significantly impacted the script.
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