the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival (Legacy Fest) is pleased to announce a state-of-the-art interactive installation
which will preserve the stories and experiences of survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
In partnership with the Terence Crutcher Foundation, Gilcrease Museum, and HistoryFile, Legacy Fest will feature a “Legacy of Survival” exhibit that uses interactive conversational videos from Viola “Mother” Fletcher and Lessie Benningfield “Mother” Randle, survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, to ensure their stories remain a part of history and continue to inform and inspire current and future generations and in perpetuity.
The exhibition opened for a vernissage for survivors and the press on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
While the survivors will not be available for interviews, the press will have an exclusive view of the exhibit, can watch the initial reactions of survivors to the facility and interview representatives of the host organizations.
The exhibition was open to the public at the Gilcrease Museum on Friday May 28 and runs through Sunday July 4, 2021. Museum opening hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
StoryFile posters featuring survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre and using artificial intelligence technology via QR codes will allow people to have conversations with the StoryFiles of Mother Randle and Mother Fletcher at any time, n anywhere.
These posters will also be located on the following pop-up sites across Tulsa:
- The Black Wall Street Times, 217 E. Archer St.
- Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N Greenwood Ave
- The Gathering Place, 2650 S John Williams Way East
- The Philbrook Museum, 2727 S Rockford Road
- The Fulton Street Coffee & Books, 210 W Latimer St
StoryFile uses artificial intelligence technology to create life-size interactive chat videos of Mother Fletcher and Mother Randle, two of the last known living survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Using their proprietary technology, StoryFile combines cutting-edge video and volumetric features with conversational artificial intelligence in a seamless, interactive, and timeless experience, meaning guests can virtually talk with survivors, ask them questions, and hear directly from them about their personal experiences.
In addition to the StoryFile installation, the Gilcrease Museum exhibit will also include archives and floor collections from “In Remembrance: Lynching in America: The Tulsa Community Remembrance Project ”presented by the Equal justice initiative (EJI) and Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition.
Between the end of the Civil War and the end of World War II, thousands of African Americans were lynched in the United States in violent and public acts of torture that traumatized black communities locally and across the country. .
This exhibit will feature earthenware pots collected from every lynching site in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as an act of remembrance and a commitment to honor the victims of the horrific era of terror.
EJI’s land collection project is intended to provide tangible opportunities to deepen local understanding of the community’s history of racial injustice and lynching.
The Black Wall Street Legacy Festival is the only community-led series that focuses on the survivors and descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre and is dedicated to preserving their stories.
The Festival is featured by the last known survivors of the massacre – Lessie Benningfield “Mother” Randle, 106, Viola “Mother” Fletcher, 107, and Hughes Van Ellis, 100 – who will lead a procession and participate in an honoring event. their legacy and their continuing struggle for justice and accountability.
Dr Tiffany Crutcher, Founder and Executive Director of the Terence Crutcher Foundation and lead organizer of the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival said: “Every day that we spend with the survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre is a precious gift. Mother Fletcher and Mother Randle have so much wisdom, courage and grace to teach us all and I could not be more relieved that we can preserve their voices, their stories and their legacy for future generations.
“We are delighted to welcome this installation to Gilcrease and honored to ensure that the stories of Mother Randle and Mother Fletcher are protected and treasured,” said Susan Neal, Executive Director of the Gilcrease Museum. “They are both beacons of light who continue to inspire us all with their determination and strength. “
Heather Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of StoryFile said: “ Mother Randle and Mother Fletcher, like all of the other StoryFiles that document our narratives and stories, are part of the fabric of our story. We want and must give these voices platforms to keep these stories alive in perpetuity. That’s StoryFile’s mission – to keep these stories alive forever and to create the opportunity for more human connections across time and space.
Hosted by survivors and descendants of the Tulsa Race Massacre and led by organizations based in the affected community, the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival seeks to uplift and amplify the hard work and voices of the Black Tulsans throughout the 100 years by providing opportunities to reflect, learn and inspire through community-organized experiences.
National partners include Human Rights Watch, Equal Justice Initiative, FWD.us, The Who We Are Project, and more. Please visit blackwallstreetlegacyfest.com for additional information.
StoryFile LLC was founded in 2017 in Los Angeles by Heather Smith, Sam Gustman, Stephen Smith, and Cela Chan. StoryFile uses AI, AR, VR and its proprietary innovative technology to create and inspire human connections across generations to connect the past, present and future.
StoryFile has developed the world’s first interactive conversational video platform that empowers the storyteller to tell their story and experiences in their own words.
The spark of human connection that emanates from this technology is unprecedented, as never before has technology enabled real-time video interactions with pre-recorded interviews. StoryFile has achieved the previously imagined impossible by taking a 2D video and turning it into a 3D experience for all stakeholders.
StoryFile’s technology platform transforms the way we record and tell our stories for generations to come, ensuring that the future can forever interact with the past and learn from the past. What fuels the business is what keeps humanity motivated – by creating connections that span lives and geographies.
Today, the company has more than 20 employees worldwide, supported by a board of directors and an advisory board with experience in various industries spanning technology, genealogy, media and entertainment. StoryFile continues to push the boundaries with the development of its own intellectual property, 3 patents and volumetric capture technologies.
The Terence Crutcher Foundation seeks to involve the community, law enforcement and policy makers in creating and sustaining an approach to prevent, identify and resolve issues of inequity affecting minority communities in Tulsa, by Oklahoma and across the country.
The Terence Crutcher Foundation is committed to empowering, programming and raising awareness of issues that affect at-risk and disenfranchised people of color, with a focus on African American men and youth.
The Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, commonly known as Gilcrease Museum, has a collection of American art, archives and anthropology as deep and vast than the American experience, including an unrivaled collection of Native American art and material culture.
The Helmerich Center for American Research on the museum campus houses a rare and important archival collection that Thomas Gilcrease has amassed.
Thanks to his collection, Gilcrease Museum is dedicated to service by bringing art, history and people together to research, discover, appreciate and understand the diverse heritage of the Americas.
Additionally, the museum is embarking on an $ 83 million construction project following the Vision Tulsa 2016 set.
This historic project will result in a new dynamic installation for the museum, making it a premier destination and tourist attraction.
The museum belongs to the City of Tulsa, which has partnered with the University of Tulsa to manage the museum.
AT to learn more and view the current exhibition schedule, please visit gilcrease.org.
Photo credit: Tulsa doc image.
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