Sunday, October 30, 2011

This Week in Indian Territory October 30-November 5

"This Week In Indian Territory" is constructed from a collection of newspaper indexes housed at the Oklahoma Historical Society. The index represents the life and times of Indian Territory Freedmen following their "emancipation" in 1866, through "reconstruction," through the Dawes enrollment period and a few short years following Oklahoma statehood.

“This Week In Indian Territory” provides a snapshot into the life of the Freedmen of the Five Slave Holding Tribes also known as the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Nations.

My intent is to provide readers and researchers more insight into the politics, culture and general life experienced by the formerly enslaved men, women and children of Indian Territory as they fought their way through the maze of issues that would shape their destiny and the destiny of their descendants today.

“How much Negro wealth went into the building of Oklahoma?
It is only exceeded by the sweat, toil, and tears of … slaves’ free labor of more than 250 years!” 

Buck Franklin COLBERT, “My Life and an Era”

November 01, 1895
Perry, Okla., negroes threaten to arrest the Board of Education for not admitting colored children to the white school.

November 01, 1902
Attorneys for the Cherokee Nation make their report on freedmen cases. Report given.

November 03, 1875
Choctaw and Chickasaw Commissioners failed to agree as to the disposition of the Negro question.

November 02, 1890
At Oklahoma City hundreds of able bodied negroes apply for supplies, which there are posted appeals for cotton pickers, at $1.00 per hundred.

November 05, 1898
In his report to Congress, Indian Agent Dew Moore Wisdom says he fears (an influx of Negroes are coming) (sic) into the territory hoping to share in the Cherokee allotment with the freedmen.

November 05, 1939
Anyone who thinks Oklahoma City doesn’t have a Negro housing problem should spend a few hours down in the squalid triangle east of the Katy Railroad tracks. It is a slum district in worst sense of the word. These slums are civic sores which endanger the entire city. Some of the basic facts that underlie the Negro housing problem. Pictures of Negro housing facilities. Charles Bowes photographer.

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