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Vernon AME Church and O. W. Gurley
In the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 Gurley purchased land and began to make his mark by selling it at a profit to other African Americans. A young entrepreneur, O.W. Gurley founded what was known then and now as Black Wall Street- a concentration of black-owned businesses on land he had once acquired for next-to-nothing. In addition to his business ventures, he helped establish Vernon AME Church.
destroyed in the 1921 during the Tulsa Race Riots. It is estimated that Gurley lost
$200,000 and almost lost his life along with his wealth. Gurley
lost his rooming house, hotel, one of his two story buildings, a pool hall, and a cigar store. After the riot, Gurley moved to California where he lived out the remainder of
SourcesCathy Spalding, "Vernon A.M.E. is witness to persistence," Tulsa World, August 10, 1991.
Tulsa, OK 74120
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