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Black Wall Street Exchange launched

"When I designed the shirt I wanted to promote the legacy and the royalty and the regalness of what Black Wall Street was, not the riots and the bad and the negative."-Entrepreneur Jamario Beard, taking part in the inaugural Black Wall Street Exchange. (Stamps/KTUL)

Could this collection of booths be a kick-start to recreate the financial success of Black Wall Street written about in history books?

"I’m really glad I came, it’s wonderful," said businesswoman Katherine Mitchell, one of over a dozen entrepreneurs taking part in the first Black Wall Street Exchange.

"Exchanging black dollars is a concept that we just need to preach everyday," she said.

"I always believe in exchanging information, exchanging products and services, and that’s what will sustain a community," said Terri Gunnells. She recently launched an ice cream company and drove up from Texas to take part in the event.

"We just came here so we could support the new exchange," she said.

A new exchange looking to recapture that magic embodied by a name artist Jamario Beard has emblazoned on shirts.

"When I designed the shirt I wanted to promote the legacy and the royalty and the regalness of what Black Wall Street was, not the riots and the bad and the negative," he said.

Bringing back the positive, through mutual support of entrepreneurial endeavors.

"It's very important to circulate the dollar amongst the black community," said Gunnells.

"I try to support every African American business I can," said Beard.

"I personally take a day out of the week and support black merchants, everything black that day," said Mitchell.

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