Day 3: Sarah Rector

Here is the tale that we all know so well about many of our people.

A young woman by the name of Sarah Rector, from the Indian Territory Oklahoma (Creek Nation)–making her not only black, but Native as well, came into some land and on this land was oil; she was the first black millionaire in Kansas City. It was worth a cool $3 million.

White people made it their business to “manage” her affairs and estate and get her labeled as “white”. Heaven forbid a young black girl should have more money than white people in the area.She was living in squalid conditions, while her managers were living it up at her expenses. It wasn’t until the likes of DuBois and Washington stepped in to help her. Booker T and W.E.B took her, upgraded her lifestyle and educated her. But by that time, it was too late.

Sarah Rector faced a situation that so many of our young black folks faced today, too much money, too quickly… mismanagement. She ended up spending lavishly, entertaining, but being broke shortly before she passed.

This doesn’t take away from her though. She was still a young black girl who owned land, houses and was rich. Although she descended from Natives, none of her descendants are allowed to claim their Native blood. The mansion in Kansas City still stands today.


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