The Week (US)

What happened to survivors?


Many were taken into custody and forced to march with their hands in the air at gunpoint through white neighborho­ods while being taunted and humiliated. Several prominent Black men were charged with “inciting a riot.” (No white person was ever charged with a serious crime or imprisoned.) Insurance companies refused to pay damage claims, and Greenwood families lived in tents and shanties for much of the next year. Greenwood did begin to rebuild later that year, but most families never recovered their lost wealth.

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