The Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sherry Gamble Smith’s and her husband’s deaths are being looked into by the authorities in Oklahoma.
Around 8 a.m., after receiving a 911 call from inside their Bixby home near 107th and Mingo, police discovered Smith dead and her husband, Martin, wounded. Martin passed away in a hospital later.
The event “appears to be domestic in nature,” according to Seth Adcock of the Bixby Police Department, but the investigation is still ongoing to ascertain the timeframe and what caused this tragedy.
Since the Black Wall Street Chamber was founded in 2018, Smith has served as its president and chief executive officer. According to the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page, it was founded as “a professional group to educate, motivate, and promote economic vibrancy in the African American and North Tulsa communities.”
Smith formerly served as the president of the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce.
The Greenwood Rising Black Wall Street History Center’s interim executive director, Phil Armstrong, called Smith “an outstanding lady who continuously thought about putting others before herself.”
According to Armstrong for The Daily Beast, “She founded an organization for women in business called Women Empowering Nations, that actually was a network for women who wanted to create their own businesses, and to offer them inspiration and encouragement.” She has also been instrumental in building up the Tulsa Juneteenth festival year after year.