Cinders in the Sky: The Legacy of Greenwood Launch
This project was collaboratively produced in AMST3683 Introduction to Digital Humanities at Oklahoma State University in the Spring of 2021 (graduate students took the course under the prefix ART 5850 Topics in Graphic Design). The course utilized a focus on race, justice, and technology to orient our approach to digital skills-building. The exhibit was the capstone of that experience and our small contribution to the remembrance of the survivors on the eve of its 100th anniversary. The assignment was this:
Together, we will be building an online exhibit, which will highlight and contextualize the Tulsa Race Massacre (TRM) artifacts available in the Ruth Sigler Avery collection at the OSU Tulsa library. . . . The aim of the project will be to make the resources contained in the archive more accessible and usable for the public. . . .
You will use Tim Madigan’s The Burning, and a variety of other scholarly and community resources, including guest lectures, to inform your understanding of the race massacre and its aftermath. It will be up to the class as a whole to design an exhibit that pays respect to the massacre but also to what Dr. Alicia Odewale, who is leading the TRM archeology project, calls “signs of life” in the community. The ultimate aim of the project will be to tell the story of present-day Greenwood through these archival materials.