A young African American man stepped onto an elevator on May 31, 1921. Dick Rowland, likely on a break from his shoe shine job, had planned to use the restroom on the fourth floor of the Drexel Building. He and his colleagues had restricted access to public facilities; this was the one they were permitted to use. He probably took that trip twice a day every day, but on this Monday, what happened next lit the city of Tulsa on fire.
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