She Was the Richest Black Girl in the World and It’s a Shame We Barely Know Her Name

BY: - 23 Oct '15 | On the Web

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Sarah Rector

She was 10 years old when she went from being a poor negro girl to becoming one of the richest African Americans in the early 1900’s.  Born and raised on a Creek Indian plantation, Sarah Rector came into millions after her leased Oklahoma land, thought to be worthless, was discovered to be flush with oil and they began extracting 2500 barrels per day.

Sarah_Rector_at_12So, here’s what happened.  As a result of an agreement between the United States and the Creek Indians, Creeks, and their former slaves, were allotted a plot of land and Sarah and her family each received a portion of rock infested land making it difficult to near impossible to farm.  But what was meant for her bad, turned out for her good.

 

After her income leaped from pennies to over $15,000 per month (considered a fortune in 1912) and her identity was revealed, the then 12 year old was bombarded with everything from loan requests to plain old handouts. Topping things off were the barrage of marriage proposals from white males even as far away as Germany.

Things got so out of hand that there were even efforts made to pass a law that would declare this brown skinned millionaire – white.  The Chicago Defender reported, “the white people have become so alarmed at the enormous wealth of this young girl that they do not like such wealth belonging to a girl of Afro American blood.”

Her family was vilified in the press as claims of mismanagement and poor living conditions were leveled against them.  Despite the fact that she graduated high school and attended Tuskegee University, these allegations continued until she was twenty.  However, by then, she and her family had moved to Kansas City, Missouri and she purchased what would be known as the Rector Mansion.

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Sarah married her first husband Kenneth Campbell around this time and had 3 sons.  Along with certain “extravagances,” she was said to have purchased a limousine, hired a chauffeur and commissioned him to drive neighborhood children to a nearby elementary school.

While so many African Americans were swindled out of their land or money by the white “guardians” forced upon them, Sarah managed to own stocks, bonds, a boarding house and a bakery.

After her marriage to Kenneth Campbell ended in 1930, she married William Crawford in 1934.  They are said to have owned a restaurant at which they entertained the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

It is uncertain the status of her estate by the time she passed in 1967, but Sarah Rector will forever be a proud part of our African American history.

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Joann Fisher wrote 121 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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Video: Cop Body Slams and Drags High School Student in S.C. Classroom

BY: - 27 Oct '15 | On the Web

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The FBI has been asked to investigate an incident at a South Carolina high school Monday in which a police officer appeared to body slam a female student and drag her across a classroom.

The confrontation, captured on cellphone video at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., has drawn intense criticism on social media, from the school district’s Black Parents Association — the student is African-American — and the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina, which called the deputy’s actions “egregious.”

“There is no justification whatsoever for treating a child like this,” the ACLU said in a statement.

In a news conference, a spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Curtis Wilson, identified the deputy in the video as Ben Fields, one of two school resource officers assigned to Spring Valley. Fields had been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation, Wilson said, adding that the officer was declining interview requests.

Fields, who is white, is named as a defendant in a 2013 federal lawsuit that claims he “unfairly and recklessly targets African-American students with allegations of gang membership and criminal gang activity.”

The plaintiff in the suit, Ashton James Reese, was expelled from Spring Valley after Fields said that he was a gang member who had taken part in a “huge gang fight.”

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Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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