The Lucky Little Girl

February 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

That Sarah Rector, a poor black girl in rural Oklahoma, should strike it rich at age 11 was the first unlikely bolt of fortune. It was even more fortunate that she was able to keep it, given the number of greedy and unscrupulous adults who surrounded such children. Sarah was not the only child who owned land: a settlement with the Creek Indians had allotted small plots to members of the tribe, including the children of their  freed black slaves. When oil was found, more than a hundred of the children who became rich were swindled by those who were supposed to help them. Two of the newly rich children were blown up in their beds.

Sarah Rector was able to enjoy her wealth in Kansas City as an adult, where she drove fine cars and owned a Hupmobile dealership.

 


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