Bentwood armchair from a church in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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A bentwood armchair purportedly belonging to a black church in Tulsa that was looted during the Tulsa Riot of 1921. The chair has curved arm rests. The arm rests are attached to the chair back and seat with oval-shaped, metal cleats. Both uprights at the sides of the chair back are also attached to the seat and to the top rail. The chair back has seven (7) rungs at the back. The chair also has two (2) horizontal rungs on the proper left and proper right sides, connecting the proper left and proper right legs. There are two (2) additional rungs at the back connecting the rear legs. At the front is only one (1) rung at the top between the front legs. The chair seat is a square shape with curved corners. The seat is has been slightly molded towards the back to support the sitter. The chair back curves out toward the arm rests.
Manufactured by
Owned by
Vanessa Adams-Harris
Snow's Consignment Store, American, founded 1995
Unidentified Woman or Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vanessa Adams-Harris, citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Religious and Sacred Objects
Power of Place
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 051
late 19th-early 20th century
Object number
African American
American West
Race relations
Race riots
Religious groups
United States--History--1865-1921
Place collected
Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States, North and Central America
wood and metal
H x W x D: 38 1/2 × 20 1/2 × 17 3/4 in. (97.8 × 52.1 × 45.1 cm)
National Museum of African American History and Culture