The Fires of Greenwood (Novel) by Frederick Williams

The Fires of Greenwood: The Tulsa Riot of 1921 (Novel) by Frederick Williams

In the early morning hours of June 1, 1921, hordes of angry whites in Tulsa, Oklahoma, crossed the Frisco railroad tracks into the Greenwood section known as Black Wall Street, armed with weapons and a determination to destroy. Within a seven-hour period, they managed to slaughter over three hundred African Americans, while literally burning down all the businesses and homes within a 33 block radius. This well-written, fictionalized version chronicles the events that led to one of the most horrendous slaughters of American citizens in this country’s troubled racial past.


Professor Frederick Williams: Writer, Blogger, Historian

Frederick Williams holds a graduate degree in Political Science from Indiana University. He worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Birch Bayh as a legislative aide. Mr. Williams assisted in the drafting and management of the first Senate legislative proposal to make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday. He also assisted in the creation of the African American Studies minor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
He is the author of four novels, has ghostwritten three autobiographies, and has edited numerous works.
Professor Williams was named one of the four recipients of the “Men of the Year Award,” by San Antonio Magazine. He was also the recipient of the 2011 Arts and Letters Award from the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library. Visit his website at