Jacob Unger '25

Internship: Greenwood Rising Black Wall St. History Center
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma 
Program: Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS)

Why did you choose your internship?

I chose that internship because I wanted to encounter community that was outside my normal environment, and to try to make an impact outside my normal circles. 

I felt like Tulsa and Greenwood Rising specifically was a great way to do that. I was really interested in the history that Greenwood Rising is trying to teach, the history of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and the history of the Greenwood district in Tulsa. 

What have you learned?

I think maybe the most important thing I learned was that when you are trying to teach the history of a community it is really important that you have a constant conversation with members of that community in order to get their feedback on how the history is being presented, how the present is being presented.

Greenwood Rising is a newer organization and they are doing some of that and they are trying to do more, it's so vital to telling an accurate history, is really getting the feedback of those who are essentially in its center. 

What was most memorable for you? 

Probably the most memorable and impactful moment of the summer was when a local synagogue group came in for a tour and i Helped guide them through the museum and led a discussion afterwards.

Just seeing how impacted they were by the history that was told and how motivated they were to bring in friends and family of theirs to make sure that everyone was aware of the Tulsa Race Massacre and to make sure that people were fighting systems of injustice wherever they exist. I thought that was really an amazing thing to see how much of a difference the museum's history made on individual people and on communities.