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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Where the Race Riot Began: Renberg's

The original Renberg's building was the trigger point for Tulsa’s 1921 Race Riot, America's deadliest race riot in the 20th century. In 1937 the store moved to this site, just down the block. The store burned in 1946 and was rebuilt at the same location. The ground floor is now a parking lot; the upstairs floors are used for storage.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I don't understand what building you are talking about. The Drexel Building (currently the Parker building even though Parker Drilling is gone) is at 3rd and Mian, but the first floor isnt a parking lot. On the side of the building there is some parking garage looking doors.

What I don't quite understand is was renbergs originally in this building. See the last incarnation of renbergs is 2 doors down on S Main. The old signage still exists. I wonder if renbergs vacated drexel because of the riots to avoid the stigma and move there or what? the current renberg building doesnt have an elevator I dont think.

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