Park Dedication

The Board of Directors for the John Hope Franklin Center cordially invite you to the dedication of Reconciliation Park

October 27, 2010 at 10:30am

The public and media are encouraged to attend

Click here for a map to the park

Media Advisory

September 20, 2010

Contact: Sheryl Lovelady 405-630-7333

John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park dedication set

Dignitaries and public to gather October 27 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma- Final touches are being made on the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park in Tulsa. The park will give voice to the largely untold story of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, called the worst civic disturbance in American history. The park honors the life work of former Tulsan and one of the most important American historians of the 20th Century, Dr. John Hope Franklin.

Local, state and national dignitaries will gather at 10:30 a.m. on October 27th in Tulsa to formally open the park to the public.

The park features significant art elements including the 25-foot Tower of Reconciliation and bronze story panels depicting the history of the African American struggle in the United States.

The park site is located at 415 N. Detroit Avenue. More information about the John Hope Franklin Center can be found on the website at

About the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation

The Center’s work begins with Dr. John Hope Franklin’s lifelong devotion to scholarly analysis and social progress as a model. The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation is developing a consortium of academic institutions, historical societies, and organizations devoted to racial justice and social harmony to continue his legacy.

This nationally unique Center focuses on these broad goals:

  • Education – Increasing public knowledge and understanding
  • Scholarship – Creating new knowledge through scholarly work
  • Community Outreach – Opening conversations to bring communities together
  • Archives – Laying a foundation for scholarship by gathering materials for research

Beginning with the 2008 groundbreaking for Reconciliation Park, which was Dr. John Hope Franklin’s last public appearance before his death in March 2009, the Center’s Board of Directors has created an exciting vision to transform the bitterness and mistrust caused by years of racial division, even violence, into a hopeful future of reconciliation and cooperation for Tulsa and the nation.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2007, the Center is building its reputation through its programs and projects even before there is a building. Reconciliation Park will be a public-private partnership, owned by The City of Tulsa and managed by the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Inc. The work of designing, funding and building the physical Center for Reconciliation will begin following the park dedication.

For more information, visit our website at