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Oklahoma's Black towns responding to tourism interest after withstanding pandemic
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Oklahoma's Black towns responding to tourism interest after withstanding pandemic

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Langston University Marching Pride Band Director Larry Birden snaps a photo in 2012 of a sign signifying Oklahoma’s remaining historic all-Black towns: Langston, Boley, Brooksville, Clearview, Grayson, Lima, Red Bird, Rentiesville, Summit, Taft, Tatums, Tullahassee and Vernon. After the Tulsa Race Massacre centennial commemoration in May, “People from all over the country that came here wanted to know about the Black towns more than people within the state itself,” said Shirley Nero of Clearview.

LANGSTON — When Michael Boyles was elected mayor of Langston in April, he knew it was not going to be a flashy job.

“Being a mayor in Langston is more a labor of love than anything else,” Boyles said. “You get a small stipend, but it’s not much. My day job is what really pays my bills. But I say it’s a labor of love because, if you don’t love your own community, who will? I didn’t get elected as a politician; I’m an activist. I want to get something done. ”

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'It's a very moving experience coming through here.'


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