Apologize to Sarah Rector!

Apologize to Sarah Rector!

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Her name was Sarah Rector.  She was a young black girl born in Indian Territory on March 3, 1902.  Her parents were Joseph and Rose Rector, all of  Taft, Indian Territory. Her story is similar to that of Danny Tucker another black child born in Indian Territory. He, like Sarah had a humble beginning, and he, like Sarah would make headlines for sudden wealth acquired by oil rich land.

Early in her young life, Sarah received a land allotment like all who were members of the Creek Nation.  Like thousands of blacks once held in bondage by  the Five slave-holding tribes, (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole Nations) she and her family members received land allotments prior to Oklahoma statehood.  It was a general practice that Freedmen often receive land considered to be of less value for farming as did citizens declared as Indians By Blood, and Inter-Married Whites.  However, the story changed when oil was discovered on her land allotment, near Taft, Oklahoma.

Her wealth caused immediate alarm and all efforts were made to put the child Sarah under "guardianship" of whites whose lives became comfortable immediately.  Meanwhile Sarah still lived in humble surroundings. As white businessmen took control of her estate, efforts were also made to put her under control of officials at Tuskegee Institute.

Much attention was given to Sarah in the press.  In 1913, there was an effort to have her declared white, so that because of her millions she could ride in a first class car on the trains.

(above excerpt from the website http://african-nativeamerican.blogspot.com/2010/04/remembering-sarah-rector-creek.html?m=1 

I am asking that a formal apology be issued to Sarah Rector, her family and anyone else subjected to this in-humane treatment by the Oklahoma Legislators that passed such an insulting decree and the Governor of Oklahoma should be the one to issue such an apology. Her heritage, culture and legacy should be given the respect due without exception for racist ideology. This apology is long overdue.
#rememberSarahRector #apologyforSarahRector  #blacklivesmatter #blackhistory 

 

 

 

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