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Sarah Rector was born in 1902 near the all-black town of Taft, located in the eastern portion of Oklahoma,[2] in what was then Indian Territory. She had five siblings. Her parents, Joseph Rector and his wife, Rose McQueen (both born 1881) were African descendants of the Creek Nation Creek Indians before the Civil war and which became part of the Creek Nation after the Treaty of 1866. As such, they and their descendants were listed as freedmen on the Dawes Rolls, by which they were entitled to land allotments under the Treaty of 1866 made by the United States with the Five “Civilized” Tribes.

Sarah’s father Joseph was the son of John Rector, a Creek Freedman. John Rector’s father Benjamin McQueen, was a slave of Reilly Grayson who was a Creek Indian. John Rector’s mother Mollie McQueen was a slave of Creek leader, Opothole Yahola who fought in the Seminole wars and split with the tribe, moving his followers to Kansas.

The law at the time required full-blooded Indians, black adults and children who were citizens of Indian Territory with significant property and money, to be assigned “well-respected” white guardians. Thus, as soon as Rector began to receive this windfall, there was pressure to change Rector’s guardianship from her parents to a local white resident named T.J. (or J.T.) Porter, an individual known to the family.

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  1. GOOD LORD, thank you for the schooling! No , I didn't know any of that . I'm sitting here now just a grinning and smiling having found this out , WOW. So nice to know that not ALL BLACK folks were without a voice. That some of us had to be heard and seen obviously. It's nice as hell to know that even back in those days , a number of other races "HAD TOO" see us and deal with us as more than less . Hell yea I'm happy bout this story . When is this movie coming out an CAN I BE IN IT ? I'm just saying .can't blame a brother for trying .

  2. I heard of her before n told my sister who lives in KCMO about her. She had never heard of her but said she would research her n go find her mansion. It should be a historical site….. Marsha.

  3. Why does the story have to be told twice by 2 different people I understood the 1st narrator it's a little annoying I to wonderful story but I must find another place to listen to it.

  4. Thank you for this history fact it is awesome an I would have never known if you wouldn't have exposed this to the world. Beautiful! Was she a Christian woman at all? Did she know Jesus? I ask because I wondered with all that wealth did she know The Father of us all.

  5. Beautiful reminder to the #ADOS community ๐Ÿคทwith what army fools !!?
    "๐“˜๐“ถ ๐“ฐ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ท๐“ช ๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ฝ ๐“ถ๐”‚ ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“น๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“ถ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฎ๐”‚ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ๐“ฌ๐“ช๐“พ๐“ผ๐“ฎ ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ผ ๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ฒ๐“ป ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“Ž ๐‘”๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐“ƒ๐’ถ ๐“๐‘’๐“‰ ๐“‚๐‘’ ๐“๐’พ๐“‹๐‘’ ๐’พ๐“ƒ ๐“…๐‘’๐’ถ๐’ธ๐‘’ ๐“Œ๐’พ๐“‰๐’ฝ ๐’พ๐“‰… ๐’ท๐‘’๐’ธ๐’ถ๐“Š๐“ˆ๐‘’ ๐’พ๐“‰๐“ˆ ๐’ป๐’ถ๐’พ๐“‡" oh, ok

  6. Little known fact: Many Native American tribes owned slaves. After the whites abolished slavery, the Natives did not want to give up their slaves. The whites told them that, although you can govern yourselves, the one law of ours that you must abide by is that you cannot own another human being. The nation almost went to war with the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes over this. Those were the last two tribe to free their slaves.

    Another little known fact: 2% of white households had at least one slave at the height of slavery while 40% of Jewish households in the United States held slaves.

    They're not going to teach you that little nugget in a school textbook.

  7. Black is Black I don't care where the hell you come from. Then they want to treat her like she was a white person because she was rich? You people want everything for free, that's how you get rich.


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