In 1921, the Greenwood Avenue district of Tulsa, Oklahoma was an exemplar of what a motivated African American middle class could accomplish. Dubbed, "The Negro Wall Street," Greenwood Avenue was populated by successful African American families, businesses, hospitals and churches. All this would change on May 31.
Arab traders reached the coast of East Africa (8th century). Trading ports on the mainland were vulnerable to attack. Zanzibar offered a more secure location as the Arabs dominated the sea. Oman gained control over the island and eventually the regional slave trade. The island would develop into the center of the Arab Indian Ocean slave trade. This photograph is not dated, but was taken by A.G. Gomes et Co. on Zanzibar, perhaps in the 1880s.