FC Tulsa makes it a priority to take a Black Wall Street Tour each year, enabling staff & players to learn the history of Greenwood and honor the community that they represent every time they take the pitch.
FC Tulsa unveiled its 2023 jerseys which includes a badge that honors & amplifies Greenwood Ave. Designed by Trey Thaxton, CEO & Founder of Goldmill.co, a version of this symbol has been worn on FC Tulsa’s main jerseys since 2021.
As a part of FC Tulsa’s commitment to being a club For Tulsa, and in commemoration of the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, FC Tulsa has begun numerous community initiatives dedicated to remembering the victims of the horrific tragedy, educating its players and staff about the history of the Greenwood district, and donating to causes that will directly impact Greenwood.
FC Tulsa front office staff pose with Phil Armstrong, project manager of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, and Oklahoma State Senator Kevin Matthews.
Donation to Greenwood Rising
In an effort to help enlighten others in Tulsa and visitors from around the country, FC Tulsa has made a $25,000 donation to the Greenwood Rising, a state-of-the-art history center being built at the corner of Greenwood and Archer in downtown Tulsa, which was completed this Spring of 2021.
This was the first of many major steps FC Tulsa has taken throughout this year, the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, to put Tulsa’s Greenwood district in the spotlight, both in remembrance of the great tragedy and in appreciation for its growth and burgeoning future.
2022 Greenwood Ave. Jersey Patch
FC Tulsa is committed to remembering the victims of the 1921 Race Massacre and their descendants while helping Greenwood work towards a better today and tomorrow. To honor that commitment to the past and hope for the future, FC Tulsa will feature a Black-owned business in Greenwood through a Greenwood Ave. patch on all of its 2022 jerseys, just as it did in 2021.
The brand Greenwood Ave., designed by local artist Trey Thaxton, celebrates Black entrepreneurship and excellence in Greenwood.
All proceeds from Greenwood Ave. patch sales, and a portion of the sales from every FC Tulsa jersey sold featuring the patch, will be donated to the Terence Crutcher Foundation. The Foundation will put those funds directly to the building of the Black Wall Street Memorial, a planned Memorial that will sit in the heart of the Historic Greenwood District and will pay respect to the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
While the patch will be sold both as a piece of the team’s jerseys and by itself at the FC Tulsa Team Shop, the club is also working with several local vendors to sell the Greenwood Ave. patch in stores across Tulsa. The patch producers, Mythic Press, will carry the patch on its website and at its Tulsa-area shops, as well as other local retailers GreenwoodAve.com, Ziegler Art+Frame in the Kendall-Whittier District and at the Terence Crutcher Foundation located inside the Greenwood Cultural Center.
Tours of Greenwood, Tulsa
To help educate itself about Black Wall Street and the events surrounding the Tulsa Race Massacre, FC Tulsa front office staff, coaches and players all receive a historical tour through the Greenwood District of north Tulsa, led by Chief Egunwale Amusan, the president of the African Ancestral Society.
“Chief” runs The REAL Black Wall Street Tour where he takes patrons throughout Greenwood and the important sites and markers where events occurred during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.