Today’s Black in the Day Fact

Have you heard about the girl who was once known as the richest black girl in world?

Little Sarah Rector
Little Sarah Rector

After her parent’s death, the Oklahoma government gave Sarah Rector 160 acres of land (as they did with all Creek minors) in 1887.

In 1913, oil was discovered on her land when she was only 10 years old! When the press and others found out, Sarah was put under White guardianship and White businessmen took control of her estate. As a matter of fact, in 1913, the Oklahoma government attempted to make her White (There was a law in Oklahoma that Indians were White) because of the accounted millions that lay beneath her feet.

Article about Rector being under care of Tuskegee Institute
Article about Rector being under care of Tuskegee Institute

That “privilege” would have given her the honor of riding first class in train cars.  She also received many love letters and proposals from White men all around the world.

In a newly released book titled Searching for Sarah Rector, Tonya Bolden delves into the story of Sarah, the Indian Territory in Oklahoma and the oil boom in connection with black towns.

By Tonya Bolden
By Tonya Bolden

To learn more about Sarah Rector, check out Bolden’s book Searching for Sarah Rector

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