IQC Project Featured in Washington Post Article About Tullahassee, Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities (IQC) was recently mentioned in an article in The Washington Post about Tullahassee, Oklahoma. The article, titled “A historic all-Black town wants reparations to rebuild as a ‘safe haven,’” explores the history of the historic Black town Tullahassee and their community’s journey to rebuild after years of decline due to government policies.  

Author Emmanuel Felton writes, “On a bright, brisk February afternoon, Tullahassee’s town hall took on the air of a family reunion as current and former residents came together to talk to planners from the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities about what they wanted for their town. As people laughed over barbecue and distant cousins worked out how they were related, community members sketched out their vision: more housing, fewer loose dogs on Lincoln Street, the renovation of the old gym, more spaces for kids to play and the clearing of overgrown lots.” 

He continues, “By the end of the weekend, the team from the University of Oklahoma had drawn up an action plan that then-Town Manager Cymone Davis planned to pass on to another team, this one from Oklahoma State University, to help build out.” The Institute for Quality Communities has been collaborating with Tullahassee residents and leaders since Fall 2020. The IQC has facilitated community conversations to craft concept plans for strategic priorities including public spaces, recreation facilities, and heritage buildings. To read more about the IQC’s work in Tullahassee, click here.  

To read the entire Washington Post article, click here.  

Gibbs College of Architecture YouTube Feature of the Tullahassee Project

Featured Image: “Darrius Moore rides his horse Flip as he dunks a basketball in Tullahassee, considered Oklahoma’s oldest all-Black town.” – Joshua Lott, The Washington Post