Sunday, February 12, 2012

This Week in Indian Territory February 12-18


 “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”

Indian Chieftain Feb. 12, 1891 p2c1
February 12, 1891 – Agent Bennett, assisted by his clerks, Fred Morris and Miss Emma Duncan is paying the freedmen the sum $15.50 per capita which was the amount of the first Cherokee by blood payment.

February 12, 1897 – Marriage Law: Indians, White Citizens; Intermarriage restrictions

February 13, 1897Muskogee: A private dispatch from Washington announces that the long delayed freedmen payment will begin Tuesday Feb. 16. About a million dollars will be paid out.

February 14, 1901 – The Dawes Commission has fixed the date and place for the enrollment of Cherokee Freedmen as Ft. Gibson April 1 to 30 inclusive in 1901

February 15, 1899 – Cherokee Nation; Kern, Robert H. Turner, J. Milton; payments

Indian Chieftain Feb. 16, 1899 p2c3-4
February 15, 1914 – Indians: Inter-married

February 16, 1938 – Rev. Donald A. Hyde, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Shawnee, addressed the Presbyterian Ministers Round Table conference at Oklahoma City, Tuesday, warning his hearers that unless American communities act now to solve Negro social problems, the nation will face an inter-racial crisis within the next 50 years. Article sketches some of the work Hyde did among the 1000 Negroes in Shawnee.

February 17, 1911 – Indictments found following instructions from Judge John H. Cotteral and Judge Ralph Campbell; two Logan county election officials and three from Kingfisher were arrested for violating the federal election law by preventing negroes from voting on Nov. 08, last.

February 18, 1897 – The sum of $858,000 was paid out to the Cherokee freedmen at Hayden yesterday.

February 18, 1938 – A mass meeting of city Negroes “to formulate a program of action in the coming political campaign” will be held Friday at Avery chapel, of the African Methodist Episcopal church.

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