Dreamland Theater: The Only Colored Theatre in the City pocket mirror, n.d., ca 1920. 2.75 x 2 in. oval (70 x 50 mm). Caption, "Mrs. Loula T. Williams Prop., Tulsa, Okla."
Prior to the riots, the Dreamland Theater, believed to be the first movie theater in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was the center of the Greenwood neighborhood. The 750-seat theater was owned and operated by one of the wealthiest African American families in Tulsa, Loula and John Williams. Located in the heart of "Black Wall Street," the theater showed live musicals and theatrical revues in addition to the silent films of the era. During the 1921 riot, the African American residents of Greenwood gathered in the Dreamland to plan a course of action during the chaos. As the riots progressed, however, the theater was destroyed by arson, along with 35 blocks of the district. As a symbol of the community's resilience, the Dreamland was later rebuilt.
Minor residue to mirror face.
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