My Story Lives Here: Brockway Center Rally

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RALLY FOR BROCKWAY

Join Preservation Oklahoma as we #RallyForBrockway on at the Brockway Community Center located at 1440 N Everest Ave in Oklahoma City.

Everyone has places that are important to them. Places that live in a special part of their heart. Places where your story lives. The "My Story Lives Here" campaign is a statewide campaign encouraging Oklahomans to share the historic places where their story lives.

We encourage everyone to show their support by attending the rally, taking photos with our event signage and using our hashtag #RallyForBrockway and #MyStoryLivesHere to help spread the word. Through My Story Lives Here, we hope to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives.

This property is known historically as the Brockway Community Center and was the home of the Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs (OFCWC) for nearly fifty years. It is the only extant property associated with the organization. OFCWC operated under the slogan “Lifting as We Climb.” Despite experiencing political disenfranchisement and facing threats of intimidation and violence, club members protested lynching, endorsed women’s suffrage, founded chapters of the YWCA, Red Cross and the NAACP and marched on behalf of civil rights. Until the OFCWC sold the property in 2011, the Brockway Center provided space for community events and offered services to protect young women and children, improve community life and promote equality and racial harmony.

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has deemed the Brockway Center eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A for significance in Social History, Community Planning and Development and Black Heritage. The property is also eligible under Criterion C for architectural significance as a good example of the Colonial Revival Style.

The next chances to show your support for the Brockway Center are May 9 and May 22 in the Will Rogers Building on the second floor.