Did You Know?: Sarah Rector, born in 1902 from humble origins in Taft, Oklahoma, became the wealthiest Black girl in the country at the age of 11. Her grandparents had been enslaved by Creek Tribe members before the Civil War, but after the war, they were entitled to land allotments under the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887. When Indian territory was combined with Oklahoma territory to become the state of Oklahoma in 1907, hundreds of Black children known as "Creek Freedmen minors" were each given 160 acres of property. According to Tonya Bolden's Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America, an independent driller discovered oil and began producing 2,500 barrels (or 105,000 gallons) each day. Rector, who still owned the property, began making more than $300 per day (about $7,500 per day in our day). She then went on to operate one of the country's first Black-owned auto dealerships, and she allegedly enjoyed her fortune until the day she died!
OBO Staff2022-06-04T17:07:42-04:00Daily Discovery|
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